Experts are calling for the six-week Melbourne lockdown to be extended as Victoria’s continuing high case numbers are seeing deaths grow at record levels.

Mr Andrews also announced 150 Australian Defence Force medics would be joining Ambulance Victoria to free up local paramedics to take on other tasks.
A new advertising campaign was also rushed out aimed at younger people, to reinforce the need for compliance with the restrictions.
Seven of the fatalities were from aged care homes, and came as the federal government established a special emergency response team in the Victorian Victorian State Control Centre, jointly managed by the Commonwealth and state governments.
The continued high case and fatality numbers are now threatening to extend the six-week lockdown period as Mr Andrews appealed to sick people not to go to work.
Victoria has called in military support for testing and contact tracing.  Justin McManus
“After a week of stage three measures, the AMA observed that the initial lockdown would need to be extended, and that is still our view,” Victorian Australian Medical Association president Dr Julian Rait said.
“The AMA also indicated that a firmer lockdown would be a preferable strategy, as it might better protect the community, our health system, and our dedicated healthcare workers from a growing wave of cases.
“The AMA believes that the current case numbers make an even stronger case for further action beyond masks, Dr Rait said.
The Premier indicated any decision on the continuation of the lockdown would be dependent on case numbers coming down. Surging cases numbers in healthcare, aged homes and work clusters make a fall in the active caseload highly unlikely.
“Whilst there is some relative, and I stress the term ‘relative’ stability, and I mean we are not seeing the doubles and doubling again which is what the modelling told us we would have be dealing with, we’ve got to drive these numbers down,” Mr Andrews said.
Clinical waste removalists at the St Basil’s Homes for the Aged Care in Fawkner, where there has been an outbreak of cases of COVID-19. Penny Stephens
“I can’t predict where we will be tomorrow, let alone with any certainty, give you a sense of where we will be in another 3½ weeks,” Mr Andrews said.
Officials still hope the introduction of mandatory masks and aggressive contact tracing and isolation of the 80 per cent of cases coming from work settings will start to lower the daily case numbers.
The seven-day average rate of cases is at its highest rate of 353 four times the rate when the greater Melbourne area was locked down in early July. The modelling suggests the reproduction number is now at around 1, meaning the growth rate is not increasing but with any reduction dependent on continued social distancing and isolation discipline.
This came as new Dutch research, also published in the Lancet, showed the need for speed. The study shows the virus reproduction number can be reduced by up to 0.4 with good isolation and contact tracing, but with the majority of the benefit lost after three days.
The same research also confirmed the impact of mobile apps, with research data suggesting the reproduction number could be lowered a further 0.18 if there was 100 per cent app coverage.
A recent survey showed a quarter of people who are positive were not answering their phones to enable contact tracing, and half of people were not isolating after testing.
With the strong support of the ADF to industrialise and scale up contact tracing, the size of the team has now doubled to over 2000. Twenty-eight tiger teams, including ADF staff, have been rapidly commissioned to directly visit newly infected people in their homes, with the task to ensure full isolation and commencement of contact tracing within 24 hours.
The pressure on contact tracing came after a record 42,573 tests were conducted on Saturday. This suggests the high case numbers were partially elevated by the big increase in daily testing, which has been averaging around 26,000 tests since the latest outbreak began.
Nearly a quarter of the Victorian population has now been tested, a rate which puts the state amongst the highest in the world.