Victorian Govt ‘went against health advice’ on towers lockdown

The Victorian Ombudsman has called on the government to apologise to the 3000 residents.
Melbourne towers
A resident is seen in the Alfred Street public housing tower under tight lockdown in Melbourne, 11 July. Photo: AAP.

The Victorian Government went against its own health advice when it locked down nine public housing tower blocks with virtually no warning to stop a COVID-19 outbreak, an investigation has found.

More than 3000 public housing residents in inner Melbourne were kept in their homes by police for five days in July, with residents in one tower locked down for 14 days.