Victoria records nine new local COVID cases

Victoria reported nine new local cases of COVID-19, as authorities are convinced that there are no major unknown outbreaks of the Delta subspecies.

Eleven infections were detected between 24 hours and midnight on June 6, but two have already been reported by the elderly care provider Arcare.

The outbreak of Arcare Maidstone increased to 6 after another resident and a registered nurse tested positive.

A 79-year-old resident who had been vaccinated twice with Pfizer vaccine was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The first dose was given to the last registered nurse who worked at the long-term care facility on June 5.

“Employees have never worked in other facilities,” the Ministry of Health said.

On June 6, when Melbourne spent its second weekend in lockdown, 24,265 test results arrived and 17,719 vaccines were given.

It is unclear whether the recent oversupply of cases will undermine the city’s hopes for deregulation from June 4.

Allen Chen, Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria, said the authorities’ primary concern was tracking “upstream” infections.

“Given that 5% of Victorians have been tested in the last seven days, I would have expected to pick it up in the event of a major epidemic,” he said on June 6. Told the reporters.

“That risk diminishes over time, but we are still concerned about it, and that is the destination of all our efforts.”

Professor Chen said there was no “magic number” to get jabs to avoid future blockades, and only a few percent of Victorians were fully vaccinated.

“Much higher coverage makes a lot easier,” he said.

“Strict restrictions may not be necessary. It may be possible to only track contacts without doing anything else to the exact same level, which is the advantage of vaccination.”

On June 6, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that an additional 100,000 vaccines would be available in Victoria.

The federal government has also extended the suspension of JobSeeker mutual obligation requirements until June 15.

Currently, 10 people have been infected with the Delta subspecies as part of an epidemic in West Melbourne, and investigators do not yet know how it spread to the region.

Authorities continue to look at genome sequence data across the country to get answers.

“We have theories. We are working on them,” Chen said.

More than 1,900 major close contacts in the Whittlesea outbreak associated with the first kappa subspecies were released from quarantine on June 6.

Late June 6th, six train services from Merlinston Station to Flinders Street Station were added to the list of more than 350 exposed sites.

By Callum Godde in Melbourne

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