Alarming photos show people ignoring stage four restrictions in Melbourne

Melbourne is in the middle of one of the strictest coronavirus lockdowns in the world. But from these pictures, you'd hardly know it. 

Photos taken in the city's suburbs on Saturday show that some residents are refusing to play by the rules when it comes to fighting Victoria's killer second wave. 

Groups of mothers and their children were spotted huddled together in the park, men were sitting closely together next to a coffee stand and others lined up for food at the markets in Oakleigh in the state's south-east.

Melbourne is currently in a state of disaster after Premier Daniel Andrews enforced strict Stage 4 restrictions on August 2 to bring down cases of COVID-19 which were spiralling out of control. 

Melburnians are banned from leaving their homes between 8pm and 5am unless for work or care-related reasons and are required to wear face masks unless they are exempt on medical or professional grounds. 

A busy pedestrianised street in Melbourne shows people milling around despite strict orders to stay at home

A busy pedestrianised street in Melbourne shows people milling around despite strict orders to stay at home

A group of mothers (far right) and their children were photographed huddled in a circle on Saturday during Melbourne's Stage 4 lockdown

Elderly men are seen sitting near a coffee stand and wearing face masks on Saturday. Victoria is currently in a state of disaster as COVID-19 cases surge

Elderly men are seen sitting near a coffee stand and wearing face masks on Saturday. Victoria is currently in a state of disaster as COVID-19 cases surge

Another group of elderly men are seen sitting down in the sun on Saturday as they enjoyed a bright day in Melbourne

Another group of elderly men are seen sitting down in the sun on Saturday as they enjoyed a bright day in Melbourne

Victoria recorded 303 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths in the 24 hours to Saturday, with authorities hoping to ease restrictions by September 13.

The numbers are a significant fall from the 372 infections on Friday and is the second-lowest daily figure reported in the state this month after 278 cases on Thursday.  

The Victorian death toll is now at 293, with the four new deaths including a women in her 80s, two men in their 80s and one woman in her 90s.  

Two of the four deaths are connected with aged care outbreaks.

There are currently 41 people in hospital receiving intensive care, with 28 of those on a ventilator. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Saturday that there are now 3,383 cases in the state from an unknown source, with an increase of 264 overnight.

'Before people see that as a very, very big increase on previous days, we have always made the point or try to that coronavirus detective work it's all done in one hit,' he said.

Victoria has recorded 303 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths in the 24 hours to Saturday, with authorities hoping to ease restrictions on time

Victoria has recorded 303 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths in the 24 hours to Saturday, with authorities hoping to ease restrictions on time

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Saturday that there are now 3,383 cases in the state from an unknown source, with an increase of 264 overnight

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Saturday that there are now 3,383 cases in the state from an unknown source, with an increase of 264 overnight

'It does take time to try and work out, try to exhaust all possible sources and then to declare that case a mystery case.'

'So they do come in batches, if you like.'

'I would not read too much more into that, it is simply the product of multiple days' work being brought to book, as it were, recorded in our numbers.'

There have now been 184 deaths associated with aged care outbreaks.

Mr Andrews said there are currently 124 aged care facilities in Victoria with COVID-19 outbreaks. Of those, 119 are privately run homes. 

Victoria's daily case numbers are gradually decreasing, with the seven-day average down to 344 from 521 a week ago. 

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters the number of new cases have stabilised and Victorians should have 'hope and confidence' restrictions are now manifesting in the daily counts.  

'We are seeing the benefits of what everyone is doing in the community in wearing masks and getting tested and isolating when they have the very first symptoms and in complying with isolation and quarantine when contacted by the department,' he said.

The virus reproduction rate has finally dropped below one and Mr Sutton is eager that it will drop even further.

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