Victoria has recorded 29 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, all linked to current outbreaks but not in quarantine if infectious.
The state’s Delta version of an outbreak has also spread to a public housing tower in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington, which was previously placed under strict lockdown in early July.
Saturday’s case count, 43,618 from the test results, follows the number of six cases reported on Friday and the state is now managing 95 active cases. Victorian facilities delivered 22,600 vaccine doses over 24 hours through Friday evening.
Premier Daniel Andrews said it was “definite that there are more cases out there.”
“We have mystery cases, at least two,” he told reporters.
“We don’t know where they are, who they gave it to, and everyone is at risk.”
The escalation of the current outbreak aside, the premier said it was still too soon to tell whether the state’s week-long lockdown could be lifted on Thursday.
He said the rise in cases meant getting tested was now “absolutely important”.
“It’s non-negotiable, can’t wait an hour, can’t wait an afternoon,” he said.
“It is very important to see so many cases. However they are rolling in, they are linked to the outbreak and we don’t know where those two outbreaks originated, so they are matters of mystery that sits behind it. “
Andrews said he could not be prouder of the sacrifices made by Victorians during the last five lockdowns.
“We have to continue to do this work, as hard and tough and gruesome as we have,” he said.
“As much as we would like it to end, none of us have the luxury of pretending it is.”
More than 10,000 close contacts of positive cases in the state are currently listing 82 places as exposure sites.
130 of them are residential towers at Race Course Road, Flemington, identified as a Tier 2 location between August 3-6.
COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said there were eight cases in the same family within the building, who were now in quarantine.
“All other residents of the building, we will also provide additional testing capacity for this,” he said.
“A dedicated testing center is being set up at the site as we speak. Other residents of the building on the second floors will be asked to progressively move to the center so that they can take tests during today and tomorrow. “
State Ombudsman Deborah Glass on 4 July decided to immediately place nine public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington under strict lockdown for human rights violations.
Other tier sites listed overnight include a medical center and pathology collection center in both Caroline Springs.
Several schools were also added as tier two sites after positive cases were found among students, including Heathdale Christian College in Werribee and Warringa Park School in Hopper Crossing.
Al-Taqwa College, the epicenter of the outbreak during Victoria’s second wave, also reported a case in an employee.
Although declined to give details of the arrangement, the premier said the federal government had agreed to soon supply his state with an additional 150,000 Pfizer vaccine doses by Friday evening.
Victoria’s statewide seven-day lockdown began at 8 p.m. on Thursday, with the same rules that remained in place during last month’s lockdown.
Weimar said a total of 433 primary close contacts had been cleared on Friday.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times