Melbourne’s Covid-19 numbers are continuing to soar to new records as long compliant residents finally turn their back on non-gathering laws.
Victoria recorded 950 infections on Wednesday as the state recorded its highest case numbers since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile paranoid Melburnians convinced they are about to die from Covid-19 are clogging hospital emergency units across the city.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has lost control of the people, with Covid cases continuing to soar despite his repeated threats to their health and back pocket
Melbourne’s CBD has been destroyed over six lockdowns that has seen its people locked down longer than anyone else on earth
Melburnians can finally enjoy a hit of golf, but for many the easing of restrictions have been too little and too late
The record case number figure came as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews slightly eased his foot from the throats of Melburnians by lifting some restrictions.
Under Wednesday’s easing of restrictions, locked down Victorians can now play golf or tennis and go fishing and boating, along with other contactless outdoor recreation activities.
The ‘modest easing’ comes as 70 per cent of the population finally received the first vaccine jab.
Across the border, in New South Wales, Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday said she was confident they would reach the 90 per cent single-dose figure by next week.
Socially-distanced reintroductions to hospitality venues and hairdressers will begin from October 11, at 70 per cent full vaccination coverage.
About two weeks later, the state is expected to reach 80 per cent coverage, triggering additional freedoms and the resumption of regional travel.
Victorians face a far grimmer outlook as Mr Andrews continues to take a ‘cautious’ approach to releasing Melburnians, who have spent more time in lockdown than any other citizens on the planet.
Health experts are under no illusion as to why Melbourne’s active cases continue to climb.
‘Everyone is over it,’ University of Melbourne’s professorial fellow in epidemiology, Tony Blakely, told the ABC on Wednesday.
‘What’s happening is people are no longer keeping to their household bubble, and you’re seeing the virus spread, that explains why those numbers keep going up,’ he said.
In recent weeks, angry Victorians fed-up with lockdowns have marched through Melbourne’s CBD in defiant scenes of anarchy.
On Wednesday, the CFMEU’s Melbourne headquarters were declared a Tier 1 exposure site, forcing state secretary John Setka and his members into two weeks isolation.
Victoria Police take on protesters in Melbourne last week
Police came under fire for arresting press photographers and spraying pepper foam in their faces
A Melbourne family was caught openly breaching lockdown despite being positive with Covid-19
Melburnians who during five previous lockdowns diligently obeyed all lockdown rules and now actively breaching not one, but many of them.
Scores of Melburnians have told Daily Mail Australia they have met up with friends and family during the sixth lockdown.
Many living in Covid-plagued suburbs have also stopped checking into supermarkets out of fear they will be locked in home detention for two weeks despite providing negative results.
‘I’m not sitting about any longer and watching my kids suffer through another lockdown. If they want to go out with their mates, then I’m telling them to go out and do it,’ one Melbourne dad told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
Some Melburnians are brazenly heading out while full knowing the have the virus.
Just weeks ago Daily Mail Australia exposed a Newport family of five with Covid was let off with a slap on the wrist despite repeatedly breaching home quarantine.
But as Melbourne’s Covid numbers skyrocket, residents trained to believe the worst with as little as a sniffle are now clogging emergency rooms across the city.
In a video posted to social media on Monday night, dozens of ambulances could be seen waiting outside Melbourne’s Northern Hospital.
On Wednesday, Ambulance Victoria’s executive director of clinical operations Mick Stephenson said paramedics were transporting about 150 Covid patients a day, with many of those people not requiring hospital care.
Victoria’s active Covid cases on Wednesday climbed to record new numbers
New South Wales numbers are beginning to fall as the state prepares to enjoy new freedom
Ambulances lined up outside Melbourne’s Northern Hospital on Monday as Covid callouts climb
At present, there are 375 people in hospital with Covid in Victoria and 9,890 active cases.
Government insiders have told Daily Mail Australia there is little wonder why Victorians are so eager to dial 000.
‘They instilled fear and now the system can’t cope. Of course people are ringing an ambulance. We have been brainwashed to believe it’s dangerous to be outside, to walk past people, to see our mothers on Mother’s Day, to speak to our neighbours,’ one insider said.
Another told Daily Mail Australia the current pressure on paramedics and hospitals ought have been dealt with by Premier Daniel Andrews after Victoria’s freak thunderstorm asthma event in 2016.
On November 21 that year, about 14,000 people were taken to hospital and seven men and three women – aged 18 to 57 – died.
The Victorian premier pledged to spend millions to be ‘better able to predict and respond to similar large-scale events in the future’.
‘Remember thunderstorm asthma? The system almost collapsed then,’ the insider said.
‘At a certain point when you’ve been in government for virtually the last 30 years, isn’t there some responsibility?’
Meanwhile, Victorians calling 000 are facing ‘unacceptable delays’ while the state’s health system struggles to keep on top of demand.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria told Daily Mail Australia it expected their workload to peak between mid-October to mid-November.
‘Our staff are working extremely hard to manage the increasing demand while prioritising care to the sickest Victorians,’ the spokesperson said.
Victorian residents are waiting up to 10 minutes to speak to either police, fire or ambulance crews during lockdown (stock image)
In another concerning development, dozens of ambulances were seen waiting outside Melbourne’s Northern Hospital on Monday due to a surge in demand (stock image)
‘We ask the community continues to work with us by saving Triple Zero for emergencies and to consider other avenues for less urgent health needs such as their GP, pharmacist or Nurse-On-Call (1300 60 60 24).’
Opposition health spokesperson Georgie Crozier told Daily Mail Australia the premier had failed Victoria’s health system for years on end.
‘The Andrews Labor Government has had 18 months to prepare our health system, but they’ve failed to do so.
‘Victoria’s health system was struggling prior to COVID hitting with record numbers of Victorians on wait lists,’ she said.
‘As the crisis deepens tens of thousands of Victorians will have their surgery further delayed because our health system is in crisis.
‘The Andrews Labor Government for years has failed to invest in our health system, failed to prepare over the past 18 months and as a result Victorian lives are being put at risk.
‘Despite the promises from the Andrews Labor Government ambulance ramping has been increasing for months, and delays in response times are getting worse.’