Shoppers at a popular market have been seen breaching social-distancing rules designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Crowds at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market on Saturday morning in the city’s CBD failed to follow instructions on signs advising people keep 1.5 metres apart.
Market-goers – many wearing face masks – brazenly stood shoulder-to-shoulder as they browsed the stalls.
Australians have been repeatedly warned that they need to remain vigilant about following social distancing measures over the Easter weekend.
Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market on Saturday morning in the city’s CBD – where signs were clearly visible advising people keep 1.5 metres apart
Pictures show market-goers, who despite taking precautions to wear face masks, brazenly crowd shoulder to shoulder as they browse and shop the stalls
Most people across the country have been following the lockdown rules and heeding government advice to not travel over the Easter weekend with holiday spots being quiet.
However, more than $1 million worth of fines have been handed out for social distancing rule breakers across the country since the laws were brought into effect.
In the entire state of Victoria in the 24 hours to 11am Saturday 183 people were hit with a $1,652 fine for disregarding public health orders.
States and territories have brought in fines for those who flout social distancing laws
The images follow authorities repeatedly warning Australians they need to remain vigilant about following social distancing measures over the Easter weekend
Despite wearing face masks the shoppers crowd each other in the market on Easter Saturday
Among them was a group of seven friends who were drinking in a schoolyard and a woman caught partying at a short-term rental property.
Victoria police have conducted almost 20,000 spot checks since March 21 at homes, businesses, and non-essential services.
In one spot check at a Melbourne house three friends were fined after they were found playing video games in a lounge room but did not live together.
Authorities advise keeping 1.5 metres apart and avoiding gathering in crowds to prevent COVID-19 spreading
People shop at the Queen Victoria Market while wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Melbourne, Saturday, April 11, 2020
Signs advising people to keep 1.5 metres distance were clearly visible at the Melbourne market
On Friday in Queensland $230,782 worth of fines was handed out in just 24 hours.
QLD Police commissioner Katrina Carroll said most people had been following the rules and officers took the majority of people they stopped at their word about why they were out of the house.
‘However, we have issued over 400 penalty infringement notices,’ Ms Carroll said on Saturday.
‘Most people are doing the right thing, but if there is blatant disregard, and there has been many examples of that, people will be issued with an infringement notice.’
Queensland has closed their border with New South Wales with 72,823 cars trying to drive into the state stopped since March 27.
Drivers must have an amber or red permit to be allowed passage into Queensland, with the red permit indicating they are travelling from a COVID-19 hotspot declared by the state government.
Authorities have said social distancing and isolation measures could still remain in place for the next six months
There have been more than 6,000 cases of COVID-19 in Australia with more than half of those recovered
A shutdown of non-essential services is in effect Australia wide in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus
In NSW police have issued 50 fines of $1,000 for people breaching public health orders on Friday.
And in Western Australia and extra 150 police are being recruited to enforce the social distancing laws while another 130 are having their graduations from the academy fast tracked.
Australia has recorded 6,283 positive COVID-19 cases with 56 people dying of the virus as of Saturday.
More than half of the cases have recovered at 3,205 people.
The rate of new infections has been steadily decreasing since lockdown measures were brought into effect, dropping to under 100 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday.
Group gatherings have been prohibited to prevent the spread of coronavirus with the measures being shown to work
What does the coronavirus modelling show?
If no measures are taken
The theoretical modelling finds an uncontrolled COVID-19 pandemic scenario would overwhelm our health system for many weeks. 89 per cent of people would catch the virus, with 38 per cent requiring some medical care.
ICUs would be stretched well beyond capacity for a prolonged period. Only 15 per cent of people requiring ICU beds would be able to access one, even with the expanded ICU capacity in the model.
This graph shows three scenarios based on no restrictions (grey), quarantine (light blue) and social distancing (dark blue)
With quarantine and isolation
Quarantine and isolation would reduce the proportion of people who would catch the virus to 68 per cent, and those needing medical care to 29 per cent. Only an estimated 30 per cent of people requiring ICU beds would be able to access them.
With social distancing restrictions
If social distancing measures reduces transmission by 25 per cent, the proportion of people infected would be 38 per cent with 16 per cent requiring some medical care.
Eighty per cent of people who need ICU beds could access them.
With a 33 per cent reduction in transmission due to social distancing, the proportion of people infected is 12 per cent and only five per cent require some medical care.
In that scenario, everyone who needs an ICU bed over the course of the pandemic could access one.
The modelling finds our ICUs will cope if we continue to have effective social distancing, increase our health system capacity, and isolate people with the virus and their close contacts.
This table shows the proportion of each age group who require hospitalisation if they are infected with the disease