Victoria’s new cases fall again to 11 but Melbourne could be stuck in lockdown for weeks to come after thousands packed the streets to protest
- Victoria recorded 11 new cases of Covid-19 following anti-lockdown protests
- State placed on edge after potential super spreader rallies staged in Melbourne
- More than 1,000 protestors hit the streets to demonstrate against restrictions
Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases with fears mounting that anti-lockdown rallies could act as a super spreader event and extend the state lockdown.
The results announced on Sunday come after 32,385 tests were conducted and 17,370 vaccines were administered.
Despite the low number of cases Victorians are waiting on edge to learn whether restrictions will be extended after anti-lockdown rallies were staged in Melbourne.
More than 1,000 people flouted stay-at-home orders to march along the streets on Saturday afternoon.
Protestors were seen abandoning face masks and disregarding social distancing, raising concerns the anti-lockdown rally could act as a super spreader for Covid-19.
Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases with fears mounting that anti-lockdown rallies could act as a super spreader event and extend the state lockdown
More than 1,000 people flouted stay-at-home orders to demonstrate against the hardline restrictions on Saturday afternoon
Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested
Police formed a barrier on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in the CBD where they held back the crowd chanting ‘you work for us’.
Protesters were seen waving anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown signs, including ‘I don’t consent’ and ‘Covid is a scam’.
Others were captured waving lit flares outside of Victoria’s Parliament House.
Mounted officers told the group to disperse with a number of protesters being detained.
The demonstration was just one of the many rallies staged across the country that descended into violent clashes with police.
Fifty-seven people have already been charged and 90 infringement notices issued following a 3,500 strong rally in Sydney.
NSW Police on Sunday morning said officers were assaulted amid the unrest and police horses were struck and pushed.
A 33-year-old Surry Hills man was arrested late on Saturday night, as was a 36-year-old man from Edensor Park in Sydney’s southwest.
Protesters were seen waving anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown signs, including ‘I don’t consent’ and ‘Covid is a scam’
Anti-lockdown protestors marched in Melbourne to demonstrate against the hardline restrictions
Both were charged with committing an act of cruelty upon an animal and failing to comply with public health orders, while the Edensor Park man was also charged with assaulting a police officer.
They will both appear in Parramatta Local Court on Sunday.
A special strike force of detectives is analysing footage from social media, CCTV and police-worn body cameras to identify and punish those who defied stay-at-home orders on Saturday.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott labelled those at the rallies as ‘boofheads’ and said 90 had been fined across the state with more arrests expected.
‘What we saw today was 3,500 very selfish boofheads — people that thought the law didn’t apply to them,’ he said.
Wild protests erupted in Melbourne and around Australia on Saturday and thousands of reckless residents demanded an end to lockdowns
Anti-lockdown rallies were also staged in Sydney with more than 3,500 protestors turning up
‘If we don’t see a [Covid] spike in the areas these protesters came from in the next week I’ll be very, very surprised,’ Elliott said.
One distraught onlooker feared the anti-lockdown rally would have the opposite effect and in fact extend restrictions across the city.
‘The Sydney anti-lockdown protest is a superspreader event in the making,’ they said.
‘If the sheer number of people wasn’t enough, everyone is also screaming at the top of their lungs (without masks) and potentially spreading droplets all over the damn place,’ one said.
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