James Hancock: Victoria experiences another massive rise in cases

Henrietta Strickland
July 13, 2020

Victoria recorded its seventh straight day of triple-digit increases on Sunday with 273 new cases.

One man in his 70s has died from the virus in Victoria.

"We send our best wishes and assure that family that our thoughts and prayers are with them".

The State now has 3799 COVID-19 cases, with 1484 active.

The state has now recorded 1,184 active cases - 57 of those are in hospital, with 16 patients in intensive care, Andrews said.

Victoria's chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said child-to-child transmission "had become more apparent" as the state embarked on its strategy of broadscale testing to contain the latest oubreaks.

It comes after the State added fours cases of COVID-19 to its tally yesterday, with two new and two historical cases recorded.

Three colleagues deemed close contacts at the hospital also tested positive.

Professor Sutton said there was no guarantee of seeing immediate results given the "pressure of infection" in the community and on frontline healthcare workers.

"I have been an emergency department doctor for years and they are courageous and they are brilliant in responding to the challenges of positive cases that need to be managed there".

Of the 216 new cases announced on Saturday, 180 are under investigation and only 30 have been linked to known outbreaks.

"They are in towers".

Professor Sutton said just having people stay home wouldn't be enough to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Andrews said that students in years 11-12 will be returning to face-to-face learning, while certain year 10 students will also be allowed to return to in-person classes.

The cases in the two states and five of the NSW infections are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are again under stage three restriction until August 19 because of the spike in new cases.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for essential work, study, exercise or care responsibilities.

"These next six weeks are not an ordinary winter. We all have to play our part, we can not ignore the circumstances we face", Mr Andrews said.

"We've got to find a new normal, I know that's unpleasant and there will be many, many parents who will be very upset to hear this news [of school closures], but it's what must be done and the job here [is] to ... make tough calls to make the strategy work".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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