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Victoria imposes new coronavirus restrictions as coronavirus infections rise by 671

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Education Minister Dan Tehan, in an interview on Sky News Sunday, said the federal government would "absolutely" support the state if it moved to stronger restrictions.

Victoria had its second worst day of the pandemic on Friday, with 627 new cases and eight deaths.

Stay-at-home restrictions for metro Melbourne will also be enhanced and there will be additional limits to the four reasons residents can leave their properties. That means it's fresh air. It's in your local neighbourhood.

The premier flagged further announcements would be made about workplaces on Monday, including the closure of certain industries.

Recreational activity will no longer be allowed.

"Where you slept last night is where you'll need to stay for the next six weeks". "Those exemptions around partners sharing custody arrangements, those exemptions are common sense framework, that is unchanged".

"The Night Network will be suspended, and public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours".

"The numbers are too high and there is a growing case for us to do more", Andrews told a televised briefing.

The defence force will be brought in for wide-scale door-knocking programs to make sure people abide by curfews.

Active cases in the state's aged care system on Saturday surged beyond 1000 - with outbreaks in 100 different homes - for the first time since the pandemic began.

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Andrews said his government was deeply anxious that 49 "mystery cases" identified on Saturday could indicate the virus was spreading widely through the Melbourne community and confirmed he was in discussions with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about tougher restrictions.

Will unis, TAFE and schools be closed?

Schools will also make a return to remote learning, including Year 11 and 12 students.

"You'll be able to have one hour of exercise, no further than five kilometres from your home", Andrews said.

"From Wednesday, we will move to flexible and remote learning for all students in all schools right across the state", Andrews said. However, minimal onsite supervision will still be provided for those who really need it.

The restrictions will be in place until September 13 at the earliest, meaning Melburnians will have to follow the new rules for over a month.

Moves being considered as part of the stage four response include an nearly total shutdown of Melbourne's bus, tram and rail networks, stricter rules that would force residents to stay even closer to their homes and the shutdown of many more businesses.

"That will mean restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, a whole range of other settings will need to close from midnight next Wednesday".

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