Postcode data on Victorian hotspots released as restrictions loom

The Victorian Government is expected to announce further restrictions as soon as tomorrow after the revelation one in four people meant to be in self-isolation were not at home when doorknocked.

The Health Department also released new data overnight which breaks down the number of active coronavirus cases by postcode.

There are 13 postcodes with more than 90 active cases, and four postcodes have more than 200 each.

The area with the highest number of active coronavirus cases is postcode 3029, which includes Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina in Melbourne’s western suburbs. It has 346 active cases.

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The second hardest-hit was 3064 in Melbourne’s north, including Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Donnybrook, Kalkallo and Mickleham, with 286 active cases.

The south-west town of Colac, postcode 3250, had the highest number of cases in a regional area, with 69 active infections. Most cases are linked to the Australian Lamb Company meatworks.

Previously the most detailed data available was broken down by local government area (LGA), but some LGA’s contain dozens of suburbs.

See if your suburb’s in the top 10:

3029 (Truganina, Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Melbourne) — 346 cases

3064 (Melbourne, Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Mickleham, Kalkallo, Donnybrook) — 286 cases

3021 (St Albans, Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park) — 221 cases

3030 (Quandong, Cocoroc, Werribee, Point Cook, Werribee South— 217 cases

3023 (Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Ravenhall, Cairnlea, Burnside Heights, Burnside) — 177 cases

3076 (Epping and Epping Dc )— 146 cases

3020 (Sunshine West, Sunshine North, Sunshine, Albion) — 144 cases

3037 (Sydenham, Hillside, Delahey, Taylors Hill, Calder Park) — 119 cases

3031 (Kensington, Flemington) — 118 cases

3175 (Dandenong, Dandenong South, Dandenong North, Bangholme) — 112 cases

New Zealand-style tightening of restrictions loom

Premier Daniel Andrews flagged “further steps” may need to be taken after the state recorded 627 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with the COVID-19 death toll rising by eight to 112.

During a call on Thursday night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mr Andrews discussed introducing tighter New Zealand-style lockdowns in Victoria to contain the escalating outbreak.

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That would mean closing all businesses except for essential services, such as supermarkets and chemists, and also potentially restricting the movement of residents even further.

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One suggestion is keeping people to their immediate neighbourhood for essential supplies.

Many experts are predicting the state’s six-week lockdown will need to be extended.

Mr Andrews told reporters yesterday that authorities were considering further measures to get the numbers under control.

“We have avoided our hospital system being completely overrun but we’re not seeing those numbers fall sufficiently to be able to bring an end to the restrictions,” Mr Andrews said.

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