Doorknocking no-show numbers drop in Melbourne as lockdowns take effect

7 August 2020, Written by David Simmons

Doorknocking no-show numbers drop in Melbourne as lockdowns take effect

Following the Australian Defence Force's largest single day effort of doorknocking, Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the numbers of no-shows at homes in Victoria are improving.

Of the 1,150 home visits to people meant to be isolating conducted yesterday by the ADF and Health Department officials, 1,000 people were home.

This is an improvement to the previous rate of just one in four people being home, and comes as Stage 4 restrictions were imposed in Melbourne this week.

Cumulatively 500 people have been referred to Victorian police for breaches of home quarantine orders since the ADF doorknocking program commenced.

"I'm very grateful to those Victorians who are doing the right thing and are where they should be," says Andrews.

"I know [isolation] is very challenging and that's why visiting is important, not just for compliance but for the purposes of information and clarity and providing support to anybody who might need it."

Victoria recorded 450 new confirmed infections of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 7,636.

There were 11 new deaths overnight, with seven of those connected to aged care settings.

Of the 450 new cases there were 66 that are classified as 'mystery cases', meaning health officials cannot trace the infection back to a known source.

Updated at 12:49pm AEST on 7 August 2020.

 
Author: David Simmons

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