Sunday, December 5, 2021

Five more coronavirus cases detected in Victoria taking tally to 35

Victoria has recorded five new local cases of coronavirus overnight.
The Victorian Government has announced the new numbers, which bring the cluster to 35.
It is not yet known if the cases are linked to previous cases.
There were over 56,000 tests done – a record number. Another 21,626 vaccinations were given.
There were two new cases in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of people with the virus to 45. One person is in hospital.
Officials are expected to hold a media conference later, as Melbourne begins the weekend in lockdown.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, speaking at the Liberal Party of Australia Federal Council, thanked Victorians for “keeping Australia safe from COVID.”
“We will be working together to get Victoria open as soon as possible, and I believe we will achieve that,” he said.
“Every time this virus has confronted us, we have been it’s match.”
Health authorities will spend the weekend urgently trying to reach people who may have crossed paths with confirmed COVID cases amid hopes the new lockdown has been introduced soon enough to control the spread of the virus.
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton had earlier warned numbers may spike today.
There are fears the outbreak has already had a chance to spread even further with the Department of Health revealing on Friday night multiple new Tier One exposure sites across Melbourne.
Most concerning is a positive COVID-19 case who had no symptoms and worked during their infectious period for a large food distribution centre. That person visited multiple stores across Melbourne “on May 18 and 19 and on other days”.
“Significant contact tracing work is underway to identify all close contacts of this positive case,” the department said alongside an updated exposure list “published urgently”.
Additional Defence Force personnel have been requested by the Victorian Government to help enforce stay-at-home measures during the seven-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown, which is due to end at 11.59pm on June 3.
Professor Sutton warned the lockdown didn’t remove the risk of spread and higher case numbers could emerge at the weekend.

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