Cops pick protesters in Melbourne park | Bendigo Advertiser

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Demonstrators are being taken down one by one after a small crowd gathered in a park in North Melbourne to ignite another large-scale anti-coronavirus vaccine protest. A significant number of officers and riot police gathered at All Nations Park in Northcote on Friday afternoon and arrested several people as helicopters flew overhead. Melburnians picnicking in the park during a public holiday on the eve of the AFL’s grand final watched the two men being taken away by the police. Others in the park were stopped and asked for their identities and reasons for leaving the house, and nearby streets were blocked by police cars. Victoria arrived on Friday as it registered 733 new cases of COVID-19, including a man who attended the Temple-of-Remembrance protest in Melbourne CBD on Wednesday. Her treatment at the hospital continues and public health research continues. “The fact that something is pretending it doesn’t exist and then it puts you in the hospital is a loud and clear message that protesting COVID-19 is futile,” Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters. Said. Some Victoria Police officers have been identified as close contacts of the man and will have to isolate themselves. “For operational reasons, figures will not be given on how many officers have been quarantined as a precautionary measure,” an official said. “The community can be confident that service delivery to the public will not be affected during this time.” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it would take several weeks to find out if the protest was a super-spread event. “These are people who have declared that they are not following the rules, so no one on the public health team was remotely surprised that someone had tested positive and was hospitalized with COVID-19,” he said. Protests initially started against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for the construction industry and the closure of construction site tearooms, but escalated into a broader quarantine and anti-vaccine movement. Thursday’s fourth day of protests passed without incident, and although demonstrators marked potential meeting areas, they were largely absent. Meanwhile, Mr. Foley has announced that the state will receive 32,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed to state clinics, from the federal government next week. “Given some issues with Pfizer supply, particularly in the second half of October, we will be redirecting more of our pop-up sites to Moderna in the coming weeks,” he said. The government wants to ensure that “the really strong urge for Victorians to be vaccinated in safe and accessible places in their communities does not lose momentum.” Mr Foley said the vaccine will largely go to the Palm Plaza pop-up clinic in Dandenong, where a COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow. Also, around 300,000 doses will be distributed to 700 pharmacies across the state, focusing on the north and west of Melbourne, where most of the infected people reported Friday live. Victoria’s last death was a woman in her 80s from Moreland, north of the city, who has made 21 tolls from the current outbreak. Wednesday’s 733 new local infections bring the number of active cases in the state to 7160, with 297 people in hospital. 66 in intensive care. Australian Associated Press


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