The new lockdown will be imposed from 6pm Saturday until 11.59pm on Friday, July 9.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had earlier revealed the state had recorded 29 new cases of COVID-19 in the community overnight. Ms Berejiklian said 17 of those cases were spoken about on Friday.
These additional cases have been to exposure sites outside the four Sydney local government areas which have already been locked down.
Meanwhile, a miner in the Northern Territory has tested positive for COVID-19 and authorities believe he might have contracted the virus during his stay at a quarantine hotel in Queensland.
NT chief minister Michael Gunner said on Saturday that more than 900 people had left the mine site during the time the man was potentially infectious and 754 people are currently in quarantine at the mine.
Don’t come to Victoria from hotspots: Foley
Mr Foley warned people from NSW hotspots they would face a $5000 fine if they attempted to enter Victoria.
Greater Sydney and Wollongong were classified as red zones by Victorian authorities on Thursday, with the new rules coming into effect on Friday.
The classification means non-residents of Victoria who have visited red zones will be barred from entering the state unless they qualify for an exemption.
Victorian residents can apply for permits to return home, but will have to self-quarantine for 14 days from arrival. They are also required to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering Victoria and then return a negative day-13 result before exiting isolation.
However, Victorian residents won’t be eligible for a permit if they’ve been to a very high-risk exposure site in a red zone in the past 14 days.
Mr Foley said police were patrolling border areas and using mobile and automated technology to scan licence plates of people entering the state from NSW.
“We also know that this is a very important time to protect Victoria’s border with NSW, and we will continue to strengthen that border based on public health advice,” he said.
“The message is simple. Don’t come from a NSW red zone to Victoria, and for Victorians, do not visit those red zones in NSW.
“Victoria Police has continued to ramp up its Operation Signal on our borders with NSW, with highly visible, mobile and increased numbers of Victoria Police operating 24/7.”
About 260 police officers are operating roving patrols and working at pop-up check points.
“If you enter Victoria through the land borders from those red zones, you run the risk of substantial fines and being turned around, if not worse.”
Mr Foley said 19 flights arrived from Sydney on Friday, with most of the 13,135 passengers who arrived before a 3pm reporting deadline found to be returning residents. However, 15 people were sent back to their home states for not having the right travel permits.
Traces of virus found in wastewater
Health officials also flagged the detection of traces of COVID-19 in a wastewater catchment in Melbourne’s north-east.
The catchment takes in the north and north-eastern Melbourne suburbs of Lower Plenty, Briar Hill, Bundoora, Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Plenty, Macleod, Mill Park, South Morang, St Helena, Viewbank, Watsonia, Watsonia North, Yallambie and Yarrambat.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton urged anyone in those suburbs to get a COVID-19 test if they have any symptoms.
“This could be a historical case continuing to shed virus, but we are asking anyone who lives in or who has visited the suburbs to please watch out for the slightest of symptoms and come forward and get tested at one of the many local testing sites,” Professor Sutton said.
Victoria could double vaccination numbers: Foley
Mr Foley said Victoria could be administering double the number of vaccines if it was receiving more shots from the federal government.
“We have our hands tied behind our back on the vaccination rollout program because of constraints from supply from the way in which the Commonwealth has mismanaged the process of distribution,” he said.
“As the Chief Health Officer has indicated, we’ve built a collaborative process here in Victoria with our GPs, where we’ve built, in terms of the restrictions that we are operating under and supply, a pretty good system, but we could do much more, we could do double the system that we have. Instead, what we’re facing over coming weeks is an actual reduction in both, in particularly Pfizer, before we have a ramp-up in the third and fourth quarters of the year.”
Two new Delta cases unvaccinated
The new cases in Melbourne and Sydney come as The Age can reveal the two men who tested positive to COVID-19 in Melbourne after one of them attended a Sydney “super-spreader event” were both unvaccinated despite being aged over 60.
The two men – who work at a Sandringham dry cleaning store and are aged 61 and 63 – are both yet to be vaccinated.
A government source confirmed the pair had not received a jab. A COVID-19 vaccination significantly decreases the likelihood of being infected by and transmitting the virus.
Victorian health officials on Friday said they were unaware why NSW’s Health Department had not contacted the man who attended his daughter’s social event in Sydney over the weekend.
It is unclear whether the daughter included the man on her list of people who attended the event.
The first dry cleaner worker to test positive attended work on Wednesday morning after feeling symptoms on Tuesday night.
Genomic testing has shown the two men have been infected with the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus.
The Oakleigh man unknowingly carried the virus back to Victoria and passed it onto his boss at the dry-cleaning business.
Victorian contact tracers are now chasing down 126 passengers and additional crew from the Sydney-Melbourne flight, as well as about 100 customers who visited the dry-cleaning business.
The owner of the dry-cleaning outlet, Henry Li, who has run the business for 19 years, told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell on Friday that he and his employee wore masks at all times, used hand sanitiser and followed other precautions, but the virus had clearly spread when the pair worked together for just a couple of hours on Wednesday.
“This is horrible because we were really careful with everything. We still got it,” Mr Li said. “I don’t know what’s happened. We wore masks at work and used sanitiser to clean our hands.”
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