Covid Australia live news update: Victoria considers statewide lockdown as NSW police move to block protests

Posted by on August 20, 2021 6:36 pm
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More than 1,500 police to be stationed around Sydney CBD as Shepparton outbreak continues to grow in regional Victoria

11.32pm BST

NSW police does not want anyone to miss their central message this morning. Don’t go to Sydney to take part in anti-lockdown protests or they’ll fine people and potentially charge them.

A highly visible and mobile police operation is underway in response to unauthorised protest activity planned for today (Saturday 21 August 2021.

Do NOT attend.

Public safety is our first priority and you will be fined or arrested if you turn up #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/mw3C9vkGSZ

11.18pm BST

Victoria’s last regional lockdown was lifted on 9 August – less than two weeks ago.

We’ll hear later today if the entire state will be included in another set of state-wide restrictions.

Related: Victoria Covid update: Dan Andrews hints at more restrictions after 55 new Covid cases

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