Melbourne lockdown due to end on Thursday as contact tracers track highly infectious strain
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 will be out in force checking that people are not out of their area during a Melbourne Covid lockdown.
Today two unlinked cases are from the mutant Delta strain a variant that is around 50 per cent more infectious than the typical covid.
we only have those downstream cases and nothing else emerges, I am confident that those pillars of public health response, the contact tracing and the rings of control that we put in place, we will manage this, he said.
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secondary attack rate being 50 per cent greater than the Alpha variant, does mean that you can get a large number of people testing positive, you can get transmissions in other settings more readily. But we can still manage all of that. It is a price the entire Melbourne community is paying these few days to make sure we are actually confident we are able to make a tough call in the coming days ahead, he said.
Prof Sutton said even if the Delta cases were a mystery in the middle of next week, it would not necessarily stop discussions around ending lockdown.
just need to know every case that might be out there, he said.
think that is manageable, and it does not impact on our decisions later in the week, but we have to be really clear that we need to find any cases that are out there.
we approach next Thursday, the kind of facts we have been going through here are the evidence, what cases are out there, are there others linked or unlinked, have we got the support around them, have we got the evidence. as to knowing where they come from, he said.
these questions go into the mix and rest assured, the people of Victoria, we don want to keep the system in place for a moment longer than the public health advice says we need it in place, he said.
will have more to say about that in coming days. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David CroslingSource:News Corp Australia
Why are Delta strain cases so concerning?
B. 1.617.2, otherwise known as the Delta strain, is the same coronavirus strain that has decimated India.
It is also a major cause for concern in the United Kingdom.
US based epidemiologist Eric Feighl Ding explained the Delta variant was 50 70 per cent more transmissible and patients were 2.7x more likely to be hospitalised than other variants.
He said about 75 per cent of all cases in the UK were the Delta variant.
Professor Sharon Lewin from the Doherty Institute told ABC News this morning that there is existing concern over the variation which has also emerged in Covid stricken India.