Delta covid variant has state on edge
Victoria lockdown: Delta Covid 19 variant has state on edge as five new cases recordedA single covid case from a highly infectious strain has triggered a massive response in Victoria and landed hundreds of people in isolation.
Andrew Backhouse and Bella Fowler
VideoImageVictorian Health Minister Martin Foley announced five new local cases of COVID 19 were recorded in the state overnight. “There are currently five new locally acquired cases of.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley announced five new local cases of COVID 19 were recorded in the state overnight. “There are currently five new locally acquired cases of coronavirus overnight since our last report bringing the total number of individual cases from the start of this outbreak to 70 and that includes one recovered case,” he said. “Three of these of the five are direct primary close contacts of existing cases, one case is the second child of the family of four linked to the North Melbourne outbreak whose result was indeterminate yesterday but has come through with repeat testing.” Mr Foley said another case is a household contact of an Arcare care home worker, another is a primary contact from the West Melbourne group, and two more are “unlinked cases from the same household”. Mr Foley said Victoria Health had recently been directing their efforts to look at “casual transmissions” from key areas across Melbourne City. “The focus of our efforts over the past day have been cast in a wide net around particularly that West Melbourne, North Melbourne outbreak and closely examining the incidents of casual transmission elsewhere across the Whittlesea and Port Melbourne outbreaks.”
Police made two arrests, issued 16 fines and charged one person after anti lockdown protestors hijacked a gathering to support small business owners outside Flinders Street station.
A 48 year old man from Caroline Springs was arrested after failing to provide his name and address.
He was charged with three counts of resisting arrest and two counts of breaching the chief health officer directions by not wearing a mask and being more than 10 kilometres from his home without a valid reason. The man was bailed to appear in court on October 28.
A 33 year old man from Mernda was also arrested after failing to provide his name and address but had not been charged with any offences as of Saturday afternoon, pending further inquiries Victoria police said.
Three people were fined for failing to wear a mask, while 11 faced infringements for travelling outside the 10km radius imposed by lockdown restrictions.
The Victorian business owners rotest at Flinders St Station was overtaken by anti lockdown protestors. Picture: Rebecca MichaelSource:News Corp Australia
More than a hundred people will spend the next 14 days in quarantine after a single covid case from a mutant strain triggered a massive public health response.
Two of today five new cases were from the Delta strain a highly infectious variant that spreads twice as fast as other strains.
One of the positive cases is employed by Probuild, a large construction company that runs building sites in the CBD.
The site the cleaner had worked on was locked down last night, with 170 people ordered into isolation.
Probuild released a statement confirming a cleaner for a sub contractor on its Queen and Collins construction site had tested positive for Covid 19.
It closed the site on Saturday and all workers are required to isolate and get tested.
who visited the site between 31st May and 4th June have also been instructed to be tested and isolate immediately, the statement said.
has enacted a deep environmental clean of the complete site and amenities to the cleaning specification of the Department of Health and Human Services in preparation to a return to work when it is safe to do so, and approval has been granted.
Victoria recorded five new locally acquired cases of coronavirus today, with 70 cases now linked to the state outbreak, including one recovered case.
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Martin Foley said two of today cases, both from the same household, were currently unlinked.
The three remaining cases are linked to known outbreaks.
Mr Foley said continuing uptake of vaccines across the state was the for Victoria lockdown.
Reported yesterday: 5 new local cases and 1 new case acquired overseas (currently in HQ).
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Victoria chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton said it was that three of today five cases had already been in isolation while testing positive.
The remaining two cases had not been linked yet but they had spent time around the shopping centres in Craigieburn and Epping, two known coronavirus hotspots.