Drop in numbers a positive sign


THINGS seem a little lighter this week, with the reopening of children’s playgrounds, exercise times being extended to two hours and a later curfew (9pm-5am).

On the Mornington Peninsula active cases of COVID-19 have dropped from 18 on Monday 7 September to four on Sunday 13 September.

In Frankston, the drop has not been so dramatic, falling from 20 to 13 over seven days.

Frankston Hospital was on Sunday reporting six active cases from a total 90 positive cases among staff and patients.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has issued a reminder to parents that maternal and child health and immunisation services are available during the current lockdown.

The shire is also planning for the lifting of restrictions by adopting a “parklets program” to increase the amount of footpath space that will be available to cafes, restaurants and shops.

Applications from businesses to diversify will be processed within four business days and a reduction in some fees and charges.

A 25-year-old Lancefield man and a 24-year-old Seaford woman have been fined for breaching COVID restrictions, 7 September.

The pair were found in Arthurs Seat, by Somerville Highway Patrol police members, watching the sunset from their vehicle.

On investigation police say they found the vehicle to have cancelled registration and incorrect number plates affixed. The male driver was also found to be unlicensed.

The vehicle has been impounded for 30 days and the driver summonsed to appear in court for the related charges.

The man and woman were also fined $1652 each for breaching directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.

Cases by postcode on the Mornington Peninsula as of Saturday 12 September show the location as the residential address provided when the case was notified and may not be where they were infected and may not be where the case currently resides.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 15 September 2020


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