BY KANISHKA ARORA
Victoria is still subject to a "state of emergency", which will be reviewed on May 11, but pre-COVID-19 traffic snarls have begun to fill Melbourne's streets.
Slow-moving traffic has been seen on highways as early as 7am, mirroring the start of peak hour, despite Victorians only permitted to leave their homes for essentials.
A MOJO News photographer captured what appears to be a premature return to normalcy, as 22 Victorians were diagnosed with the potentially fatal virus overnight.
Victorians have been subject to restricted movements under a current state of emergency, which is in effect until at least May 11. The measures aim to limit people's movements to stop the spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus. However, a recent surge in vehicles travelling on the Princes Highway in Clayton paints a different picture. Taken: April 27, 2020. PHOTO: Kanishka Arora
A steady flow of cars make their way down Normanby Road this week.. Taken: April 29, 2020. PHOTO: Kanishka Arora
Although some Australian states have eased lockdown restrictions, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has urged people to continue to stay at home. Taken: April 27, 2020. PHOTO: Kanishka Arora
Vehicle traffic builds in Carnegie. Something that's becoming a regular sight on Melbourne's arterials, raising the question of whether Victorians are continuing to observe strict lockdown rules. Taken: April 27, 2020. PHOTO: Kanishka Arora