Vic records 21 new COVID-19 cases, police arrest 73 anti-lockdown protesters

Victoria has recorded 21 new local cases of coronavirus overnight, with a further two acquired interstate.

Of the locally-acquired cases, 17 have been linked to current outbreaks and 4 are still under investigation. 15 have been in quarantine throughout their infectious periods.

Victoria’s Police Commissioner Shane Patton says 73 protesters were arrested in Melbourne last night but there were far fewer protesters than the hundreds who turned out last week.

“We had a significant number of police in the city last night around 400 officers in Flinders Street,” he told ABC Melbourne radio.

“We had very small numbers, about 90 turned up. We ended up processing a significant number of them, 73 was the number. We saw last week when the lockdown began significant protesters and we said we would take a strong approach to them.”

Mr Patton was also asked about a heckler at Daniel Andrews press conference yesterday and whether the press conference needed to move to a more secure location.

He said there were two different men but did not cause a risk to anyone.

“Simply having two people who carried on a bit doesn’t raise it as an issue for us,” he said.

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