Melbourne’s northern suburbs ‘likely’ covid-19 cases

James Marshall
May 25, 2021

They include a man in his 30s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a preschool-aged child.

The operating hours of some 26 testing sites are also set to be expanded, including the Melbourne Showgrounds, which reached capacity after being open for five minutes on Tuesday.

This comes after another Covid-19 case was detected in Melbourne overnight, bringing the total number of community cases in the city cluster to five.

"This virus is terrible in the way that it can spread", Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told ABC Radio Melbourne on Tuesday.

An essential worker walks past a "Please Stay Home" sign on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021.

He added Victorians "have to be alive to the possibility" the number of infections will continue to climb.

Professor Sutton said genomic sequencing had also determined they were infected with the B.1.617 mutation, also known as the Indian variant.

Swim Schools Bundoora and Highpoint Shopping Centre as tier one exposure sites in the new outbreak, meaning anyone who attended those places at specified times must be tested and isolate for 14 days.

Anyone who has been to an exposure location in Greater Melbourne needs to immediately get tested and isolate.

CCTV footage from the Highpoint Shopping Centre has allowed the Department of Health to identify which stores one of the positive cases visited.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says the four cases confirmed on Monday have the same strain as the Wollert case earlier this month.

All have been tested with those tests coming back negative.

Melbourne residents who arrive in the New South Wales (NSW) capital of Sydney must now complete a declaration to confirm they have not attended any of the exposure sites.

Acting Premier James Merlino has announced that from 6pm AEST on Tuesday private home gatherings in metropolitan Melbourne would be limited to five people per day, public gatherings to 30 people, and everyone aged 12 years and older would need to wear face masks indoors, unless an exemption applies.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today that New Zealand health officials were "in close contact" with their counterparts across the Tasman, as the state of Victoria imposes new restrictions.

Mr Merlino said checking in to venues would be compulsory from Friday, May 28.

A list of COVID-19 areas of concern in Greater Melbourne can be found via the ACT Government's COVID-19 website.

All domestic borders remain open despite most states and territories issuing updated travel advice for recent Victorian arrivals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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