Authorities have been left fuming over claims some Bendigo residents flouted the rules around self isolation after attending a testing site this week, potentially adding to the city's rapidly growing pandemic woes.
The behaviour mimics that of residents in greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, and is in direct defiance of instructions from the Department of Health and Human Services, Bendigo Health and the state government.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has risen exponentially over the past fortnight, and a further seven cases were confirmed in the City of Greater Bendigo yesterday.
The 732 cases recorded yesterday is a scary number and further underlines the massive challenges in bringing COVID-19 under control.
Those rising numbers have left the government with no alternative but to implement the mandatory wearing of face masks for all Victorians.
Further, residents of several regional hotspots have been handed further hardline restrictions in a bid to dampen the spread of the virus.
Off the back of the worst daily case numbers since the pandemic began in March, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday responded, declaring all Victorians must wear a mask when they leave their home from Monday morning.
Conseqently, local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, have had tighter restrictions imposed on them, with Colac the town where the virus is at its worst.
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Complacency has been spoken of previously as posing its own threat in our regional communities, and it seems despite tighter regulations, some people still refuse to accept the reality we all face.
Community transmission poses a very real and disturbing threat to our city and its people.
The selfish actions of the few who choose to suit themselves rather than comply with the regulations have no place, anywhere or anytime, during a crisis such as this.
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