Just when we thought we'd seen it all, a Victorian man has gone above and beyond in making sure that even in a snap lockdown, Melbourne remains the quirkiest city of them all.
In an otherwise bleak live cross to Melbourne on Friday morning, viewers were enchanted by the presence of a man riding his bike behind an ABC reporter reporter this morning.
While a cyclist doesn't usually result in a social media meltdown, the man's choice of transport — a penny-farthing bike — captured people's attention.
Declared "peak Melbourne", the short 10-second clip showed ABC reporter Stephanie Ferrier crossing live to Bourke St, with the man, fully clad in his cycling apparel, riding past on his 1880s-style bicycle.
"Peak Melbourne is a dude on a penny farthing riding past a live cross from Bourke Street," joked one Twitter user.
Peak Melbourne is a dude on a penny farthing riding past a live cross from Bourke Street. pic.twitter.com/5bI07BezeX
— James Morrow (@pwafork) July 15, 2021
"This is fabulous, I saw this out the corner of my eye during my live cross and thought it was a bit of fun in an otherwise pretty glum day!" Ms Ferrier responded to the Tweet.
"If he’d been a barista wearing black on his way to work, then you’d score the peak-Melb trifecta," she later added, retweeting the video.
"No tweed? No pipe? I disapprove," one Twitter user joked.
"Essential travel," another reasoned.
horse and carriage will make a comeback by the time Dan is finished
— TC Andreas Zeneca (@Byron1Tc) July 15, 2021
Victoria enters snap five-day lockdown
Victoria entered a five-day lockdown, following an emergence of the Delta variant after two men travelled from Sydney with the virus.
Victoria reported a total of 10 cases on Friday, with four of those previously announced on Thursday.
More than six million Victorians are in lockdown for the fifth time since the start of the pandemic, with the rules of last month's lockdown including a 5km travel limit for exercise and shopping, and compulsory mask-wearing indoors and outdoors.
"We've got no choice. We don't want this getting away from us and being locked down for months," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
Sydney cases continue to rise
Sydney recorded 97 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with 29 infectious in the community.
Greater Sydney and surrounding areas have been in lockdown since June 26, with current measures set to end on July 30 if the number of cases infectious in the community gets close to zero. Currently, Sydney's outbreak is over 1000 cases.
Ms Berejiklian predicted that Saturday's case total will be even higher, with over 100 cases predicted for the second time since the outbreak began, urging people to "stay at home."
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