COVID-19 Pandemic: 11+ million cases globally and Melbourne Metro and Mitchell Shire to re-enter Stage 3 restrictions

Burnet Institute

07 July, 2020

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews announces return to Stage 3 Restrictions.

A surge in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has led to a return of stay-at-home restrictions for Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Victoria effective 11.59pm on 8 July.

Metropolitan Melbourne, also known as Greater Melbourne, includes 31 municipalities including: Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

The Mitchell shire, including towns such as Broadford and Wallan is also covered by the lockdown.

Visit the DHHS website for more information.

As COVID-19 cases surpass 11 million across more than 200 countries, Burnet Institute researchers are releasing technical and policy briefs, and analyses of the global situation to inform governments, policymakers and the general public.

The Knowledge Hub for COVID-19 (Know-C19 Hub) is the gateway to our research findings, policy and technical reports, and also latest news about Burnet’s COVID-19 work. The Know C-19 Hub actively seeks to address gaps in knowledge and collate and provide novel strategic information on COVID-19 to inform the Australian and International response.

Read the latest updates below or visit the Know-C19 Hub page.

COVID-19 Face Masks Melbourne

Read our latest policy brief, which recommends the wearing of face masks in high-risk settings in Melbourne, such as on public transport, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Global Trends

Read Burnet’s latest Global Analysis, which examines the accelerating pandemic in the south and west of the US, Brazil, Russia and India. Indonesia is also experiencing a rapid surge in cases and cases have been confirmed at the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. Iran and Israel are experiencing clear second waves of COVID-19, while South Korea’s epidemic curve looks similar to Victoria’s.

Burnet’s response

Burnet’s public health and laboratory-based COVID-19 researchers are contributing to innovative and evidence-based solutions to the global pandemic.

Burnet Institute COVID-19 Research Projects

A snapshot of Burnet’s activities

  • Burnet is working directly with the Australian Department of Health to collate and provide rapid, data-driven technical briefs and policy options to Federal and state Chief Medical Officers across a broad range of key policy, public health and clinical responses.
  • Staff been seconded to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services providing an additional layer of expertise to support the Victorian response.
  • We are also pivoting funding from sources such as DFAT to support COVID-19 responses in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar.
  • Our internal COVID-19 Management Team is supporting activities across the Institute and finding solutions to maintain operations amid the lockdown.

Global situation

More than 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to call for political unity to fight the virus.

As some of the world’s most populous countries contend with increasing caseloads and others face second waves of infections, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned the pandemic is still accelerating.

“All countries are facing a delicate balance, between protecting their people, while minimising the social and economic damage,” Dr Tedros said in an address to media.

“We urge countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that enable people to stay safe while getting on with their lives.”

Dr Tedros expressed optimism at preliminary findings that the drug dexamethasone could be used to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients.

(Image: WHO’s Situation Dashboard)

The WHO’s Global Situation Reports are updated daily on their website and you can also view the latest global cases via the Situation Dashboard/Map.

Globally the 10 million mark was surpassed on 29 June according to the Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Myanmar and Papua New Guinea

There have been 299 confirmed cases in Myanmar and 11 in Papua New Guinea.

After nearly two months with no new cases, Papua New Guinea reported its ninth and tenth cases in late June. The new cases were a member of the Australian Defence Force who has been based in PNG since January and a member of the PNG Defence Force based in Port Moresby.

Papua province, bordering PNG, has reported 1,429 cases as of 26 June 2020. Read more about this in the latest global update from our Know-C19 team.

Australian situation

Visit to keep in touch with the current status of Australian cases.


Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Doctor Suman Majumdar

Deputy Program Director, Health Security and Know-C19


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