Coronavirus growth in Kingston starts to ease

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Keep distance: THE rate of COVID-19 growth is slowing in Victoria, but the state’s Chief Health Officer has stressed the importance of continuing to follow social distancing rules. Police officers on Chelsea Beach (pictured) have been patrolling to make sure the guidelines are being followed. Picture: Supplied

THERE are 24 Kingston residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 20 April.

There were only six cases in the Kingston area at the end of last month, but the growth has slowed in the last week. Just two new cases in the region were recorded last week.

In neighbouring Frankston the number of positive cases grew just five, from 31 to 36, between 2 April and 20 April.

On 20 April the total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria stood at 1329, an increase of only one from the day prior. 15 people had died.

In other neighbouring areas there are 30 reported cases in Bayside, and 53 in Casey.

On the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses are applicable if social distancing guidelines are violated.

Food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, exercise, and work or education are the activities not in violation of social distancing rules.

Victoria Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said the recent drop in new cases “proves that our physical distancing measures are working but this is not a time to relax our strong approach as this disease can get away from you very quickly as we have seen in cities overseas.”

“Physical distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe,” he said. “If you can stay home, you must stay home.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 22 April 2020

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