All but one of the recently acquired cases of COVID-19 in Victoria are active in the community while potentially infected, as the state has identified approximately 10,000 “major close contacts”. was.
With 19 more diagnoses confirmed on Saturday and the entire state of Victoria being blocked for five days, the total number of virus cases in the state for the current outbreak is 43.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said it was encouraging that 18 people in the community before the test tested positive were moving around for an average of 1.7 days each.
“That number is evidence of a difficult and early strategy submitted to the government by the public health team,” he said.
The latest patients include at least two elementary school students, and there are 14 cases related to the “proband” (male in his 60s) who participated in the Geelong-Carlton AFL game at MCG last weekend.
With 168 exposed sites, there are pubs, clubs, restaurants, sports facilities, shopping centers, schools and gyms in multiple locations on Philip Island, a two-hour drive south of Melbourne’s metropolis, suburbs, and Melbourne. included.
AFL confirmed on Saturday that players from several clubs recently visited the exposure site and have traveled to Queensland ever since.
Foley said the potential threat to the Victorian region continues.
“In the last 24-48 hours, we’ve seen a list of exposed sites that include important parts of Victoria (Phillip Island, Burwon area, Bacchus Marsh) and even more extensive primary and secondary contacts. “
The latest information on exposed sites and COVID restrictions can be found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au, but authorities declined to comment on the possibility of a blockade last Tuesday.
“We are all very dissatisfied with the uncertainty about this virus,” said Brett Sutton, State Chief Health Officer.
“But you can also read the horoscope and predict what things will look like in three days. In terms of linking all the cases, we’re on a really good track, but the corner I don’t know what the turn is.
“These ultra-spread events are more common in the Delta variant. The transparency in indoor environments is much higher than we’ve ever seen.
“We need to support ourselves for all possibilities.”
Victorian COVID tests totaled 47,606 on Friday, with 19,237 vaccinated, officials said.
“I don’t think it’s a state secret that we’re far behind where we should be in our vaccination program,” Foley said.
“This is one of the factors that helped the public health team shape the decision to go hard (blockade) faster, as 12% of vaccinated Victorians are unable to protect them. It is one. “
He welcomed the NSW’s announcement on Saturday to take stricter steps to do what it can to “keep the rest of Australia safe.”
Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania impose barriers to travel from Victoria.
No infectious diseases acquired abroad on Saturday have been recorded.
Exposure sites in Victoria are listed here: https: //www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites