Australia Covid live news update: Victoria police clash with anti-lockdown protesters after 535 new cases; NSW reports 1,331 cases and ACT 15

Circling back to the ACT press conference, the chief minister Andrew Barr has been asked about new modelling, and information about healthcare system capacities, released to National Cabinet yesterday that shows the risk of easing lockdown restrictions too soon

Barr says that the modelling shows that even if 70% of the population double-dosed, partial efficacy of the test, trace, isolate, quarantine (TTIQ) system, and low level public health measures, “we would be up for a couple of thousand cases a day,” Barr said.

Around 10% would require hospitalisation, and a smaller amount the ICU. If we got to a situation where daily cases numbers like Sydney, that would be a real problem. We can’t let that happen, and it won’t.

Barr said he didn’t want to pass judgement on the NSW government’s decision to ease restrictions despite over a 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases, but said “you could not walk away from yesterday’s briefings on health systems and the Doherty Institution’s modelling to think it is prudent at 70% to be doing radical things.”

“Opening everything up at 70% is not prudent – very clear advice provided to us yesterday,” he said.

Live footage from the protests being streamed to Facebook shows protesters appear to be reconvening on Bridge Road, Richmond after escaping police via a residential side gate.

They are near the Officeworks on Bridge Road.

Protesters can be heard yelling “stay together, group up”.


The protesters have broken out into what appears to be chants of “you serve us”, referring to police who have effectively blocked them into one small area.

Some protesters can also be seen escaping the police barricade via a residential side gate, screaming to the rest of the protestors “this way”. People start screaming and running from the police. They emerge onto Bridge Road, Richmond.

The man filming live can be heard saying police have been “outsmarted once more”.


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We are seeing photos of Melbourne’s protesters. Some are reportedly
sitting on the ground as police close in on them.

They were reportedly marching while chanting “no more lockdown”, “sack Dan Andrews” and “free our children”.

Eden Gillespie

Melbourne protesters are now sitting down as police close in on them. They’re chanting: “you serve us.” #Melbourneprotest

September 18, 2021

Aerial footage also shows that Victoria police have separated the protesters into two groups, and penned them into a street, basically putting the actual marching to an end.



Back to the unfolding protests in Melbourne, there were earlier reports that anti-lockdown protesters had gathered in Richmond to avoid police checkpoints aimed at keeping them out of the Melbourne CBD.

Footage of these protesters shows them marching on the streets, most of them not wearing masks.



Police chase anti-lockdown protesters through Richmond

Meanwhile, Victoria police are chasing anti-lockdown protesters through the suburb of Richmond in Melbourne.

Footage also shows police forming barricades of officers and marching through the streets, trying to corral the protesters breaching stay-at-home orders.

Protestors were photographed marching down Burnley Street.

Ash Guru

#Melbourneprotest on my street on burnley st with wall of police

September 18, 2021



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