Now it’s VEXIT: Map of Australia with Victoria cut off goes viral – after coronavirus cases surged in Melbourne
- Victoria has been cut out off a new map that has been circulating on Facebook
- 36 north Melbourne suburbs went into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday
- The state recorded 289 new cases since Monday and 77 infections on Thursday
Victoria has been brutally cut out off a new map of Australia that’s gone viral online – as Melbourne begins its second coronavirus lockdown.
The state has recorded 289 new cases since Monday, with 36 north Melbourne suburbs have now been locked down to contain the outbreak.
The lockdown will last for four weeks and came into force from 11.59pm on Wednesday, with locals urged to avoid any non-essential travel.
The map which has been shared almost 1,000 times on Facebook, shows the whole of Australia but an empty space has been left between NSW and Tasmania.
Victoria has been brutally cut out of a viral map of Australia as Melbourne begins its second coronavirus lockdown
‘Please download the new map of Australia,’ the post read.
Many thought the edited map was hilarious while others slammed the picture as inappropriate.
‘I’ve always wanted this exact picture tattooed on me, think I’ll get it done,’ one person said.
‘Why not get rid of Tassie while we’re at it?’ another joked.
‘Not funny we are stuck with it through no fault of our own,’ one said.
People line up for a testing site in Melbourne on Thursday (pictured). Those living in the coronavirus hot spots will only be able to leave for food, work, school, care and exercise
Officials are seen screening passengers off the Melbourne to Sydney train at Central Station on Thursday (pictured) after one woman arrived while still awaiting COVID-19 test results
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,001
New South Wales: 3,211
Western Australia: 611
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 8,001
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 911
‘How is this funny? People are getting sick,’ someone wrote.
It comes after the Victorian government re-imposed stay-at-home orders for 36 suburbs in ten postcodes after recording 212 new cases of the deadly virus in three days.
But the virus has already left the embattled city and spread across Australia, with an infected man travelling to Sydney and going to work at a Woolworths in Balmain.
Another infected person spent two weeks in hotel quarantine in Melbourne before travelling to Darwin.
After just four weeks of freedom, those residents will be banned from leaving their homes except for work and school, food shopping, giving care and daily exercise.
Restaurants, gyms, pubs and all other non-essential services in the suburbs must once again close their doors. Affected businesses will be compensated with a government cash grant of $5,000.
Residents from the ten postcodes will not be allowed to go on holiday and the government will announce a support package for affected tourism businesses on Friday.
Police will be enforcing the orders with random vehicle checks similar to random breath tests and will dish out on-the-spot fines.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown was ‘deeply painful’ and ‘damaging for businesses’ but insisted that it was necessary.
‘If we don’t take these steps now we will be locking down every postcode,’ he said.
Police pull vehicles aside at a checkpoint in the locked-down suburb of Broadmeadows in Melbourne on July 2 (pictured)
This map shows the suburbs which will be subject to stay-at-home orders from Wednesday at 11.59pm after a spike in coronavirus cases
In Victoria there are 415 active cases with 20 patients in hospital and four in intensive care.
On Thursday alone, 77 new cases were discovered – the biggest number since the height of the pandemic on March 31.
Of the 77 new cases, 13 are linked to outbreaks, 37 were detected through routine testing and 27 further cases are under investigation.
Most of the cases are in virus hotspots, according to Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.
‘One of the issues is people do move around a little bit. Obviously now, with the restrictions in force, people should be limiting their movement to the fullest extent possible.’
A health worker is seen giving out a coronavirus test in Melbourne on Thursday (pictured) after 36 suburbs were put on lockdown
Which suburbs are locked down?
3012 – Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021 – Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032 – Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038 – Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 – Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046 – Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047 – Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055 – Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3060 – Fawkner
3064 – Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo