Lockdowns extended in Victoria, announced for South Australia

By Sarah Stowe | 20 Jul 2021 View comments

Three Australian states will be in lockdown from tonight as South Australia announces a snap shutdown and Victoria extends its existing restrictions.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the Victorian lockdown will extend another seven days to next Tuesday 27 July in a bid to contain and extinguish the Delta outbreak.

The state reported 13 new cases with nine isolated throughout their entire infectious periods.

Andrews said “This extension is not what we wanted to have to do but it must be done.”

He said the key to beating the spread is  a lockdown that is “hard and fast and early”.

“We have a chance to be in lockdown to achieve zero cases,” he said.

South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall has announced a snap seven-day lockdown starting at 6pm tonight following news of five new cases in the southern state.

Construction is not considered essential work and so building works will stop by tonight’s 6pm deadline.

The news of greater restrictions around the country comes as New South Wales reports a slight drop in Covid cases – 78 overnight, with 49 linked to current clusters.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a glimmer of hope to construction firms today, indicating some form of construction work would begin again on 31 July, Nine News reported.

“There will definitely be construction activity on the 31st of July, I can give you that assurance,” Berejiklian said.