The government of the state of Victoria in Australia has scrapped plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions after a spike in cases was reported.
Victoria’s tally of coronavirus cases jumped by 25 to 1,817 on Saturday, June 20, 2020, the biggest increase in more than a month.
State Premier Daniel Andrews said the spike in cases meant that a planned lifting of social-distancing restrictions on businesses would be delayed until July 12, 2020.
He added that household gatherings would also be restricted to no more than five people until that date.
Andrews expressed frustration at having to reimpose restrictions, blaming family gatherings for the increase in infections.
He said family-to-family transmission was responsible for more than 50% of the new cases, adding: “It’s unacceptable that families anywhere in our state can, just because they want this to be over, pretend that it is”.
The State Premier disclosed that authorities would be willing to go “door to door” to enforce coronavirus restrictions to avoid further infections in the country.