Australia’s Victoria state investigates two likely Covid-19 positive cases

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2021

Police and protective services stand inside a station as people walk along a street in Melbourne February 12, 2021, after authorities ordered a five-day state-wide lockdown to stamp out a new coronavirus outbreak.

Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 443 new COVID-19 cases as the seven-day trend in new cases continued to fall.

Schools and workplaces remain open and Victorians who live in greater Melbourne can still travel to regional Victoria.

The source of their infection is under investigation.

Deputy Premier James Merlino told reporters on Tuesday a man in his 60s who tested positive was linked to the four cases - a man in his 30s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a pre-school aged child, all from the same family across three households in Whittlesea, in Melbourne's north.

Victoria was the worst hit Australian state during a second wave of COVID-19 late previous year, accounting for about 70% of total cases and 90% of deaths.

Australia has avoided the high Covid-19 numbers seen in many developed countries by closing its global borders in the early stages of the pandemic and with lockdowns.

So far, 598,766 Minnesotans have had confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 that were reported to state officials. Australia's vaccination drive has missed initial dosage targets and lags many nations.

Many Australians are hesitant or delaying getting vaccinated because of the country's success in stamping out the coronavirus.

At least 2.8 million Minnesotans have received one dose of a COVID vaccine, and almost 2.5 million have completed their vaccinations.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Friday said there may be an active but undiagnosed infectious case in Melbourne's north after traces were picked up in wastewater in the Epping and Wollert area on Thursday.

"The potential outbreak of these two cases shows. we still need to make sure we are vaccinating against it", he told Sky News.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week suggested fully vaccinated travelers should be exempt from hard lockdowns and internal border controls but most states have dismissed the plan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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