Victoria records two new local COVID-19 cases

Ruben Hill
June 16, 2021

The new cases came from 17,538 test results, while 14,870 vaccine doses were also administered in the past 24 hours. These are now being discussed in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.

Melbourne emerged from a two-week lockdown on Friday, though it was replaced with strict restrictions, including a ban on home gatherings, a 25km travel limit and mandatory masks indoors and out, which will remain until at least June 18.

The Health Department confirmed five new local COVID-19 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, two of which had already been announced.

The Kings Park Apartment Complex - located along Dodds and Wells streets - was classified as a Tier 1 location, prompting an urgent plea from the state's health department for anyone who visited the complex between June 2-14 to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

The cases, both men, will be included in Wednesday's tally - as a mass testing initiative of the building is now underway.

"We have seen some local transmission and that then takes that risk out to local shopping areas, so it is important that people test, but we shouldn't worry too much about it being a wider incident because they are onto it very early."

'We don't have any evidence of apartment-to-apartment transition like in hotel quarantine, ' Weimar said.

The complex has been locked down for 14 days after a total of six residents, including an infant, became infected with COVID-19.

Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, has reported daily new cases in low single digits for more than a week, allaying fears of a major spike in infections after the highly contagious Delta variant was detected.

'I don't think we see the direct parallels'.

The latest outbreak has spurred a surge in people getting inoculated for COVID-19.

"Those two positive cases are connected to some communal areas that we are concerned about, thoroughfares within that particular complex".

One positive case, a baby, is still in the complex with its mother.

"A full public health response was initiated, including rapid onsite testing of more than 200 residents".

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