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Shepparton went into lockdown at midnight tonight and the state’s COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said more cases have surfaced overnight.
“We have 10 new cases in Shepparton in today’s numbers,” Mr Weimar said.
“Six of them are linked to four different households.
“That includes a case with a big closing party with 17 other people and other people that we know are positive about that particular event,” he added.
There are 429 people in hospital in Victoria, 97 are in an ICU and 54 are on a ventilator.
Assistance package for the construction sector
Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas announced a new $196.6 million package for the state’s construction companies “most affected by the construction industry lockdown”.
Mr Pallas said cash grants will be available to “thousands of operators who have played a key role in the fight against the Delta variant”.
“It will provide a one-time payment to eligible businesses, including sole proprietorships, for periods of restrictions from September 21 through October 4,” he added.
Mr. Pallas also targeted the federal government for withdrawing its funding for the industry.
“We are going the extra mile and playing our part in helping this industry, but we are very, very unhappy that the Commonwealth Government has broken with its practice of co-financing business support packages in Victoria and refused to contribute to this industry.
“It is incomprehensible why this industry has been singled out for special and may I say unfair treatment by this government.
“And the federal government has, of course, taken this position for reasons that cannot really be understood.”
Pallas further accused the government of “flagrantly favorable treatment of NSW” when it comes to providing financial support to the construction industry.
“The Commonwealth government has refused to contribute funding to this program, with the result that the state government continues to deliver its share,” he added.
“But we will not be intimidated by any form of economic coercion to see our industries harmed.
“Nor will we be subjected to economic coercion by the federal government if they believe our commitment to public health outcomes will be affected by their indifference and vicious, snappy approach to supporting industries in need of help,” he added. up.
Each construction site must have a designated, fully trained COVID-19 Marshal to ensure compliance with the restrictions. Before reopening, operators must have an up-to-date vaccination registry for compliance checks.
They include a man in his 80s from Hume, a woman in his 70s from Alphington and a man in his 70s from Moreland.
Greater Shepparton was also plunged back into lockdown yesterday.
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