Victoria has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 today lifting the total number of active cases to 81.
Victoria’s Department of Health confirmed that the new cases were all linked to current outbreaks.
The state’s snap five-day lockdown – the fifth for Melbourne – appears likely to extend past tomorrow, meaning that Victorians will continue to be confined to their homes for several more days as the lockdown is likely to be extended until Friday, possibly longer.
“We will wait and try to strike that very difficult balance between giving people some notice but having the most complete picture from an epidemiological point of view,” Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“Time is your friend in some respects. The more time you have, the more data you have, and you have a better understanding of the spread of the virus and the greater assessment you can make in relation to risk.”
There are concerns over potential “super preading” exposure sutes, such as the England-Italy Euro final party, the Carlton-Geelong game at the MCG and the Wallabies-France game at AAMI park as well as six tram routes: 48, 72, 75 and 109.
Regional Victoria had hoped for an early reprieve from lockdown measures as with Lockdown 4.0, however Mr Andrews said “if we’d been open, we wouldn’t be talking about 40, 50, 60 cases. We’d be talking about an altogether bigger number and an altogether longer lockdown.”
A 13th case, included in today’s figures, was reported yesterday and concerns a man from Mildura who attended an MCG match between Carlton and Geelong before returning home to Mildura where he developed symptoms. He tested earl Sunday after returning to Mildura, sending authorities on a search to retrace his steps in the eight days since the game. A number of Mildura venues listed as exposure sites include three cafes – Kaffenio, Yo Yo Joe’s and Caffeine Extraction – which were listed as Tier 1 sites. Other sites included a Mildura supermarket, an aquatic and leisure centre and the city’s visitor centre. This has resulted in thousands coming forward to get tested.
There are 200 exposure sites across Victoria.
Mildura is the third regional area in Victoria to record new cases. Other regional areas affected are Barwon Heads and Phillip Island, where another 20 exposure sites were listed.
Throughout lockdown, businesses have been suffering and Victoria’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Paul Guerra said the state needed to snap out of lockdown as quickly as it entered it, referring especially to the hospitality and entertainment industry which had less than a week to recover from Lockdown 4.0.
The constantly growing list of exposure sites can be seen here.
These include Tier 1 sites such as the Alberton Cafe at Albert Park, Greek-owned Vanilla Lounge in Oakleigh, the male toilets at Oakleigh Shopping Centre, among others.