WATCH LIVE: Victoria’s COVID-19 update press conference today amid fears Melbourne lockdown will follow new cases

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There are calls for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to impose a fifth Melbourne lockdown as the number of new coronavirus cases in the city continues to grow.

Epidemiologist Professor James Trauer warned Melbourne residents to be prepared for the city to be plunged into lockdown immediately to stop the spread of two separate outbreaks, both of which stem from New South Wales.

Victoria’s health authorities are set to provide a COVID-19 update at on Thursday. This article will be updated with the time as soon as it’s confirmed. You can watch the press conference LIVE in the video player above as soon as it’s available.

“We’ve seen increasing cases over the last few days, more exposure sites every day and I think we know that if we go early with lockdowns, the earlier we go, the shorter they need to be,” the head of Epidemiological Modelling at Monash University explained on Sunrise.

“We need to get on top of this and we still don’t really understand the scale of the number of cases that are being created at the moment, so I would really support an early lockdown.”

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