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Mildura Lockdown extension difficult pill to swallow: Cupper

Victorian Independent MP, the Member for Mildura Ali Cupper, says Friday's announcement of the lockdown extension for the Mildura LGA is a difficult pill to swallow.

Mildura will remain in lockdown until at least next Friday after recording 34 new COVID cases on Friday. The figure was the most of any regional Victorian area and takes the total number of active cases in the Mildura LGA to 188.

Cupper said that the decision to extend the lockdown was also made with vaccination rates at the front of mind.

"Health experts have determined that our double dose vaccination rate is still too low to consider safely emerging from lockdown with the number of daily COVID-19 cases we are seeing," Ms Cupper said.
"Today (Friday) it was announced our second-dose vaccination rate is now 58 per cent".

As the state rushes to meet the 80% double dose vaccination rate, Ms Cupper believes the current situation in her electorate is a window to the future once that mark is reached.

"We’ve been given an accelerated glimpse of the realities of living with COVID-19 once our State, and indeed the nation opens up at 80 per cent double-dose. There is a myriad of vaccination avenues in Mildura to support us over the next seven days,"
"If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, and don’t have a valid medical exemption – do yourself a favour, and get one".

Ouyen recorded its first major scare of the pandemic on Friday with its first confirmed COVID-19 case of the entire pandemic. The local IGA was shut down for deep cleaning following the news.

Friday also saw two confirmed cases of COVID in the Robinvale area including one on a farm.

Ms Cupper announced via her Facebook page that 16 new cases were reported in Mildura today (Saturday).


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