Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled

As Victoria declares Adelaide a COVID hotspot, following an outbreak in the area, Melbourne has cancelled its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, Victoria announced a 17th consecutive day without any new cases of coronavirus or deaths.

In the state, three cases remain active.

Since yesterday, 6,695 test results have been obtained by the Department of Health and Human Services, the lowest number of tests in more than a week, leading Mr Andrews to reiterate his daily appeal for people to be checked as soon as they encounter any symptoms.

Mr Andrews said the declaration of Adelaide by Victoria as a COVID hotspot would mean that individuals arriving at Melbourne Airport from the city would be interviewed and likely asked to undergo a rapid test.

Mr Andrews would not rule out the closure of the Victoria border to South Australians, but said he supported the goal of the National Cabinet of opening all state / territory borders by the end of the year and said Victoria was prepared to provide any assistance that South Australia could request.

Mr Andrews said he backed the decision of the City of Melbourne to cancel its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show, which in the new year usually attracts around 400,000 people into the CBD to ring.

“We just can’t have crowds that big,” Mr Andrews said.

“That’s sad. All of us would like to have that as a feature of our COVID-safe summer, but, stay safe, stay open, and that means making some very difficult choices.”

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