July 25, 2021

Coronavirus live news: WHO cautions against relaxing restrictions; Australian state of Victoria begins lockdown

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11.15pm GMT

Health authorities believe the Melbourne hotel quarantine cluster began when an infectious returned international traveller guest used a nebuliser medical device which aerosolised the coronavirus particles, allowing it to spread into the hall and other rooms, infecting staff and other guests.

These machines are not technically allowed in quarantine, and Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said yesterday that the guest was asked to declare any devices multiple times, but said he did not want to lay blame as the man was now in a critical condition in hospital.

Those machines are not allowed, that was clearly communicated, but if you are inviting me to have a crack at a bloke who is on a machine to breathe at the moment in an ICU I’m just not doing that…

You’re not allowed to have them, you shouldn’t be using them, there’s an interview where that is clearly communicated. It’s happened.

If I was told that I couldn’t use it, I never would have used it.

The way it has all come out in the news and through the government has made it sound like I was using it illegally or that I have snuck it in or something like that. It’s been very distressing.

11.03pm GMT

Although it seems the majority of the Victorian community appear to be is supportive of the “hard and fast” lockdown, a small group gathered just hours after the new restrictions were announced to protest.

The crowd of around 100 marched from the Melbourne CBD to the Australian Open precinct, some carrying anti-vaccination signs and waving American flags.

Anti-lockdown protesters have gathered outside Melbourne Park. @3AW693 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/5GmsDK5ayj

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