The excessive copy charge of the illness is main the state authorities to contemplate bringing in strict stage 4 restrictions.
“When it comes to that efficient copy charge, we’re nonetheless hovering round one, possibly just below and what which means is that each constructive case is infecting one different individual,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“Except we drive that quantity down, so that each second or each third one who has obtained it’s infecting one different, then we is not going to see our numbers half and half once more and half once more.
“We might be on this limbo, the place we have stopped it from getting utterly uncontrolled and our well being system being swamped however we’ve not been capable of suppress it sufficiently.”
Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton mentioned it was dispiriting to see such huge numbers on daily basis.
“The stage three restrictions had a extremely important affect and folks ought to be gratified by the truth that is the case,” Dr Sutton mentioned.
“The efficient copy quantity was in all probability at 1.75 or near 2. It has come down to at least one.
“We will not sit with 400 or as much as 600 circumstances a day ongoing. We now have to drive it down even additional.”
He mentioned that additional restrictions had been presently being thought-about.
“We now have neighborhood transmission that’s too excessive, and we have to do this detailed evaluation and doubtlessly take additional steps past the present framework,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“That’s precisely what I feel Victorians would anticipate.”
Such a lockdown would pressure the closure of all companies save for supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations.
It might additionally stop individuals leaving their speedy neighbourhood.
“Clearly, a step up in restrictions is a extremely important measure however we’re wanting it to learn by proof to the fullest extent doable, in opposition to that time of being proportionate,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“There are actually important penalties for what you do, by way of elevated restrictions.”
Victoria’s Chief Well being Officer Professor Brett Sutton mentioned the restrictions could be a case of “balancing harms”, as a result of the illness and the lockdowns are each damaging to the neighborhood.