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Melburnians brave cold and rain in a mad scramble for last minute goods and services before lockdown

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Melburnians have scrambled to get their hair cut and shopping done in a last-minute rush before the draconian stage-four lockdown forces a swathe of businesses to shut their doors for six weeks at midnight. 

 Hairdressers, electrical and furniture shops, food courts and clothes shops all served their last customers on Wednesday until at the very least mid September. 

By then it will be a different state in both economic and seasonal climate than the icy and wet conditions those that ventured outside encountered today. 

People flocked into the hairdresser on Wednesday for a final cut before an even harder lockdown

People flocked into the hairdresser on Wednesday for a final cut before an even harder lockdown

People flocked into the hairdresser on Wednesday for a final cut before an even harder lockdown

Bunnings will open to trade workers only from tomorrow. On Wednesday people ventured out in the rain to change gas bottles

Bunnings will open to trade workers only from tomorrow. On Wednesday people ventured out in the rain to change gas bottles

Bunnings will open to trade workers only from tomorrow. On Wednesday people ventured out in the rain to change gas bottles

Homewares shops were busy on Wednesday with last minute shoppers

Homewares shops were busy on Wednesday with last minute shoppers

Homewares shops were busy on Wednesday with last minute shoppers

As rain pelted down in Melbourne’s west, the car park at Bunnings Warehouse in COVID-19 hotspot of Wyndham was bustling with last-minute customers. 

People scrambled to exchange gas bottles and pick up items that might keep them busy over the next six weeks of hard lockdown. 

Come tomorrow, only tradies finishing up jobs will be able to pop in and get what they need. 

It was a similar scene at soon-to-be-closed businesses along the Old Geelong Road shopping strip, with car parks filled with customers making last chance buys. 

At Spotlight, customers were spotted lining up with bundles of cloth to make face masks with. 

One woman made sure to stock up on fabric displaying Christmas characters with the full presumption that this latest lockdown could drag well into the summer. 

Further down the footpath anxious motorists lined-up outside a VicRoads office amid confusion about whether or not it would remain open during the lockdown. 

It was a question Hoppers Crossing motor mechanic Mick was also keen on learning the answer too. 

His business, Rapidflow Developments, resembled a Christmas Eve shopping centre carpark on Wednesday as motorists inundated the mechanic with their vehicles. 

Under the stage-four lockdown laws to come into play at midnight, mechanics are only supposed to make ’emergency repairs’. 

The state government has made life harder by shutting down the auto parts industry that supplies the state’s mechanics. 

Mick told Daily Mail Australia he was confused about what exactly an emergency repair even was. 

‘If a car’s engine light is displaying and the owner is worried the car is going to catch fire, well, does that class as an emergency?’ he pondered. 

‘Then again, someone might need their brakes looked at or they need their car serviced because they are an essential worker that does a lot of driving.’

Mick from Rapidflow Developments was inundated with customers hoping to get the cars serviced before the lockdown

Mick from Rapidflow Developments was inundated with customers hoping to get the cars serviced before the lockdown

Mick from Rapidflow Developments was inundated with customers hoping to get the cars serviced before the lockdown 

VicRoads saw people lining up outside to get in on Wednesday in Melbourne's west

VicRoads saw people lining up outside to get in on Wednesday in Melbourne's west

VicRoads saw people lining up outside to get in on Wednesday in Melbourne’s west 

Spotlight continued to do a roaring trade on Wednesday as people came in for materials to make masks

Spotlight continued to do a roaring trade on Wednesday as people came in for materials to make masks

Spotlight continued to do a roaring trade on Wednesday as people came in for materials to make masks

The veteran mechanic said some would probably class their radio not working as an emergency. 

‘We’ll try to do the right thing. Repairs on cars are predominantly a safety issue otherwise they wouldn’t be here,’ he said. 

Talkback radio was peppered with calls from like-minded Melburnians asking for clarity about what they could or could not do. 

‘Were UberEats deliveries still allowed after the 8pm curfew?’ one asked. 

Answers were not in strong supply.  

At Werribee Pacific, a large shopping centre that caters to the Wyndham hotspot, many of the shops had already closed their doors. 

Some had closed during the first outbreak and never re-opened. 

The Zing Pop Culture shop remained open, but planned to close its doors at 3pm. 

Bunnings was full of last day shoppers on Wednesday in Hoppers Crossing

Bunnings was full of last day shoppers on Wednesday in Hoppers Crossing

Bunnings was full of last day shoppers on Wednesday in Hoppers Crossing

Hairdressers were kept busy with customers before they have to close on Thursday

Hairdressers were kept busy with customers before they have to close on Thursday

Hairdressers were kept busy with customers before they have to close on Thursday 

Most of its customers had stripped its shelves of its Lego Super Mario starter packs on Saturday. 

‘They’ll probably be an essential item over the next six weeks,’ the soon-to-be unemployed shopkeeper said. 

He planned to spend his days in lockdown catching up on his video games. 

In JB HiFi, shoppers made last minute purchases to help get them through the lockdown.

Kitchen supply shops and clothes outlets opened up for what may very well be the last time ever. 

Food courts served their last customers and hairdressers cut their last locks. 

The owner of one busy hairdressing salon told Daily Mail Australia she understood why they needed to close. 

‘It’s for the safety of the community,’ she said. ‘We just hope that this gets the job done and we can return to work when this is all over.’

Busy mum Rachel had brought her daughter Madison in for a haircut just in the nick of time. 

‘I’ll have to get my hair done in six weeks now,’ she said. 

Kmart had already closed its doors on Wednesday

Kmart had already closed its doors on Wednesday

Kmart had already closed its doors on Wednesday 

Many shops across Melbourne closed early before the Thursday lockdown

Many shops across Melbourne closed early before the Thursday lockdown

Many shops across Melbourne closed early before the Thursday lockdown 

Beauty salons were forced to close weeks ago under stage three restrictions. Some will never open again

Beauty salons were forced to close weeks ago under stage three restrictions. Some will never open again

Beauty salons were forced to close weeks ago under stage three restrictions. Some will never open again 

K-mart had already shut as Big W and Target served a stream of customers for the final time.  

While Melburnians have again stockpiled supermarket items such as meat over the past few days, the mad rush seemed to subside by Wednesday morning. 

Still, supplies of chicken and minced meat were the items of choice among the soon-to-be heavily isolated. 

As Premier Daniel Andrews reported 15 deaths and 725 new cases of coronavirus, Victorians prepared to lock themselves inside and wait for the next grim update tomorrow and hope the numbers begin to fall. 

An elderly woman sits quietly inside a near deserted shopping centre on Wednesday

An elderly woman sits quietly inside a near deserted shopping centre on Wednesday

An elderly woman sits quietly inside a near deserted shopping centre on Wednesday 

Food courts will be totally closed come tomorrow. A few customers enjoyed a last meal on Wednesday

Food courts will be totally closed come tomorrow. A few customers enjoyed a last meal on Wednesday

Food courts will be totally closed come tomorrow. A few customers enjoyed a last meal on Wednesday 

Big W will shot its doors on Thursday. Customers stocked up today for the last time

Big W will shot its doors on Thursday. Customers stocked up today for the last time

Big W will shot its doors on Thursday. Customers stocked up today for the last time 

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Fears grow for missing boy, 3, who vanished outside his house wearing white ‘Spiderman’ pyjamas

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A frantic search is underway after a three-year-old boy vanished from outside of his house on Saturday morning. 

Police are searching in the area around Karli Rise, Yallingup, in Western Australia after the boy was last seen about 7:30am on Saturday. 

The boy is described as fair skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes and he is wearing white ‘Spiderman’ pyjamas.

Police are searching in the area around Karli Rise, Yallingup, in Western Australia after the boy (pictured) was last seen about 7:30am on Saturday

Police are searching in the area around Karli Rise, Yallingup, in Western Australia after the boy (pictured) was last seen about 7:30am on Saturday

Police are searching in the area around Karli Rise, Yallingup, in Western Australia after the boy (pictured) was last seen about 7:30am on Saturday 

Anyone who sees the boy is asked to remain with him and call police immediately on 000.  

The boy is described as fair skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes and he is wearing white 'Spiderman' pyjamas

The boy is described as fair skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes and he is wearing white 'Spiderman' pyjamas

The boy is described as fair skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes and he is wearing white ‘Spiderman’ pyjamas 

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New South Wales reports three new COVID-19 cases

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New South Wales has reported three new COVID-19 cases overnight.

Two cases are from returned travellers currently staying in hotel quarantine.

The other case is a staff member who worked while potentially infectious at Concord Hospital, in Sydney’s inner west. 

NSW Health said it was investigating how the staff member became infected.

‘The case cared for patients with COVID-19 and further investigation is underway to identify how the infection was acquired. 

‘Contact tracing is underway.’

New South Wales has reported three new COVID-19 cases overnight (pictured, two women wear face masks in Circular Quay)

New South Wales has reported three new COVID-19 cases overnight (pictured, two women wear face masks in Circular Quay)

New South Wales has reported three new COVID-19 cases overnight (pictured, two women wear face masks in Circular Quay)

The other case is a staff member at Concord Hospital, in Sydney's inner west

The other case is a staff member at Concord Hospital, in Sydney's inner west

The other case is a staff member at Concord Hospital, in Sydney’s inner west

Four people are currently being treated in intensive care units with two connected to respirators.   

NSW had six new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with just one acquired locally and linked to a known cluster.

Five of the cases were returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

The locally acquired case is a household contact of another one who attended Liverpool Hospital and was in isolation while infectious.

There are now 21 cases linked to the Liverpool Hospital dialysis cluster. 

As the state continues to record low numbers of COVID-19 cases, premier Gladys Berejiklian has made plans to welcome an extra 500 weekly returned travellers.  

The increase will start from September 27, and takes the state’s intake to about 3,000 a week.

It followed Ms Berejiklian’s declaration she’d be happy to accept the extra travellers if Queensland and Western Australia doubled their intake.

Those states will scale up capacity by 500 returnees per week more slowly than NSW.

Ms Berejiklian has for months been urging the other states to lift their game and share the load.  

NSW had six new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with just one acquired locally and linked to a known cluster (pictured, nurses at a COVID-19 pop-up clinic at Rushcutters Bay)

NSW had six new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with just one acquired locally and linked to a known cluster (pictured, nurses at a COVID-19 pop-up clinic at Rushcutters Bay)

NSW had six new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with just one acquired locally and linked to a known cluster (pictured, nurses at a COVID-19 pop-up clinic at Rushcutters Bay)

NSW Health said it was investigating how the staff member at Concord Hospital became infected

NSW Health said it was investigating how the staff member at Concord Hospital became infected

NSW Health said it was investigating how the staff member at Concord Hospital became infected

The state premier continues to be at loggerheads with Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk over the NSW and QLD border issue.

Queensland announced on Friday ACT residents will be able to fly into the Sunshine State from September 25, but those in NSW cannot as it’s still considered a hotspot.

Ms Berejiklian said all border talks with Ms Palaszczuk had ceased again, but Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles denied any communication breakdown.

He said Queensland’s chief health officer speaks with her NSW counterpart almost every day and he speaks with his counterpart most days too.

It came as NSW agreed to accept an additional 500 returned travellers each week into its hotel quarantine system. 

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Man who lost his penis to a flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital

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A man is suing a hospital after his penis was amputated when he developed flesh-eating bacteria. 

The 70-year-old from Shepparton, in Victoria, alleges that Goulburn Valley Health failed to treat him ‘adequately’ when he complained to the hospital of his illness, according to The Goulburn Valley News

In a Supreme Court writ filed on Monday, Wayne Grundy claims he caught the bacterial infection and ‘necrotising fasciitis’ during a week-long stay at the facility in April and May 2018. 

The 70-year-old from Shepparton alleges that Goulburn Valley Health failed to treat him 'adequately' when he complained to the hospital of his illness (stock image)

The 70-year-old from Shepparton alleges that Goulburn Valley Health failed to treat him 'adequately' when he complained to the hospital of his illness (stock image)

The 70-year-old from Shepparton alleges that Goulburn Valley Health failed to treat him ‘adequately’ when he complained to the hospital of his illness (stock image) 

He alleges that staff at the hospital ‘failed to adequately or properly assess the penis adequately or at all’ and did not administer antibiotics for the first one-and-a-half days of treatment. 

Among the other claims is that he was not transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital for specialist treatment when the infection was diagnosed. 

The writ claims Mr Grundy suffers ‘psychological upset together with depression and anxiety’ and ‘will continue to suffer loss and damage’. 

He claims he has also developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the alleged botched treatment. 

Carmelo Barbante from Barbarte Personal Injury Lawyers told the publication that these types of cases were rare but the allegations of negligence were serious. 

His client is seeking medical costs, damages, and interest. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Goulburn Valley Health for comment.  

He alleges that staff at the hospital (pictured) 'failed to adequately or properly assess the penis adequately or at all' and did not administer antibiotics for the first one-and-a-half days of treatment

He alleges that staff at the hospital (pictured) 'failed to adequately or properly assess the penis adequately or at all' and did not administer antibiotics for the first one-and-a-half days of treatment

He alleges that staff at the hospital (pictured) ‘failed to adequately or properly assess the penis adequately or at all’ and did not administer antibiotics for the first one-and-a-half days of treatment 

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