Victoria records 221 COVID-19 cases as police fine 100 people over synagogue gathering

It comes as police are expected to fine up to 100 people who gathered to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, in breach of lockdown restrictions.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out of the building just after 8pm.

A building near a synagogue in Melbourne's southeast was surrounded by police after worshippers were spotted gathering.

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Several worshippers became aggressive. A cameraman was pushed and the group briefly chanted and clapped in the alleyway.

“All adults who attended will be issued with a $5452 fine. A number of children who were present will not be fined,” a Victoria Police spokesman said in a statement.

“Investigators believe a number of other people were present and are yet to be spoken to by police. Investigators are working to identify them.”

A person gestures outside a building near a Ripponlea synagogue in Melbourne.

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Victorian health authorities administered 36,716 COVID-19 vaccines in the past 24 hours, taking the state’s total number to 2,680,174. 

More than 60 per cent of Victorians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Additional reporting: AAP

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