The same day the Victorian government put schools on holidays, the national cabinet encouraged them to open after the break as it implemented a tighter shutdown throughout the nation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday a new step up in measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but again slammed the decision to close schools.
“The position of the national cabinet is that schools should remain open and they can provide distance learning for those parents that wish their children to remain at home,” Mr Morrison said.
This position was also defended by Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy, who criticised travellers from overseas for breaking self-isolation rules.
Meanwhile, 500 police officers will have the daily task of enforcing the closure of non-essential services in Victoria and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers.
About 150 of the 500 police taking part in the coronavirus operation will be drawn from the central operations response unit.
Officers who would usually be monitoring events or the transport system (both areas needing less attention right now) will also join the effort.
This reinforcement came as Victoria reached 411 COVID-19 cases, including six acquired through community transmission.
Individuals face fines of up to $25,000 and business could be forced to cough up $100,000 for breaching restrictions.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said people must change their behaviour, stressing he’s “uncomfortable” with the current rate of new COVID-19 cases in the state.
AAP
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