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Covid Australia Geelong and two areas of country Victorian in lockdown for a week after cases spike

Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire in country Victoria are going back into lockdown from 11.59pm on Sunday after a sudden spike in cases spooked health officials.

Restrictions in the three areas will be the same as those in the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.

Caseloads in Greater Geelong and Mitchell Shire have seen a sharp rise with 17 and 15 active cases in each respectively to Saturday.

A further two new cases in Geelong, two on the Surf Coast and seven new cases in Mitchell Shire were confirmed in Sunday's numbers.  

Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire in country Victoria are going back into lockdown from 11.59pm on Sunday after a sudden spike in cases spooked health officials. (Pictured Victoria state Premier Dan Andrews speaking at his daily Covid briefing on Sunday)

'If you're in Geelong, Surf Coast or Mitchell Shire, follow the restrictions, get tested if you have symptoms, and get vaccinated if you haven't already,' said Premier Dan Andrews.

'Regional communities have overcome outbreaks before – and this will be no different.' 

Under the lockdown restrictions, residents won't be able to leave home other than for necessary goods and services, caregiving or compassionate reasons (including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test).

 Authorised work or permitted education, exercise and outdoor social interaction in limited groups, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine are also permitted.

Residents can also leave home to visit their intimate partner or single social bubble buddy. 

Shopping, exercise and outdoor social interaction will be limited to 10km from home. Masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors – and there will still be no visitors allowed to the home.

Residents have four hours a day for exercise and outdoor social interaction, and can meet with one other person, or up to four others from two households if all present have received two vaccine doses. Dependants can also join in.

Health minister Martin Foley (pictured) announced the new restrictions on Sunday but said regional Victorians knew what to expect and what do

Health minister Martin Foley added: 'Regional Victorians know what the show is here.

'They've overcome emerging outbreaks before. We've seen it in Shepparton several times. We've seen it in Mildura, we've seen it in Colac. 

'I hope we're seeing that right now in Ballarat, which is doing an extraordinary job. And I'm sure we will see it in Geelong, in the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire.'

The new lockdown came as Premier Daniel Andrews finally unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown as the state recorded 507 new cases of Covid-19 and one death.

Lockdown in Victoria is set to end on October 26 to coincide with when the state hits 70 per cent double vaccination.

By Christmas Day up to 30 visitors will be allowed inside homes once 80 per cent of the eligible population is fully-vaccinated.

 More to follow

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