Sumary of Risk from Vic new cases ‘reasonably low’:
- Health Minister Martin Foley says the remaining six cases do not have many exposure sites and pose a “reasonably low” risk to the community.
- Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the spike in new infections may look concerning but the fact so many people were self-isolating was a “really good sign” the state was getting ahead of the outbreak.
- The Victorian government will offer an additional $282.5 million in grants to help 90,000 businesses hit hard by the extended lockdown.
- Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grants will be increased from $3000 to $7200, while the state’s Business Costs Assistance Program increases from $2000 to $4800.Businesses and sole traders that received support during the fourth lockdown last month will automatically receive the funds to their chosen bank account.
- Businesses in Victoria’s alpine region, the public events industry and community sporting clubs are also eligible for additional grants.
- Industry Recovery and Support Minister Martin Pakula said the Victorian government has provided almost $7 billion in economic support for businesses throughout the pandemic.
- “Both the health minister and I are profoundly hopeful that we don’t have to go through this again, but we recognise that this is a very dynamic environment,” he said.