August 12, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Melbourne’s initial seven day lockdown has been extended by another week, as the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the number of mystery cases as one of the reasons the lockdown needed to continue. There were five mystery cases in yesterday’s daily count of 20 cases and four mystery cases amongst 21 locally acquired cases today.

The lockdown of Melbourne – the sixth since the pandemic started – will now run until at least August 19.

In New South Wales, Dubbo and eight local government areas in far north NSW went into a one week lockdown yesterday after positive cases were identified in those areas. Lockdowns in both those areas are set to end on the morning of Thursday August 19.

Meanwhile the lockdown of the Newcastle and Hunter regions, which was set to end on Friday morning, has been extended as more cases have continued to emerge from that outbreak, including 24 today.