Sunday, December 5, 2021

No new cases in Victoria, NSW; Footy fans in Melbourne urged to get tested

Victoria has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 amid fears hundreds of footy fans may have potentially been exposed to a positive infection on Melbourne trains.

Nearly 22,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours as one case was acquired overseas in hotel quarantine. Health authorities are urging hundreds of fans to come forward and get tested for COVID-19 after the man who contracted the virus in a South Australia medi-hotel travelled on two trains.

NSW has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight from more than 17,000 tests.

But the source of two cases last week, a husband and wife in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, remains a mystery.

“Despite extensive investigations into the source of two locally acquired cases announced last week, NSW Health has not identified how the initial case was exposed to COVID-19,” it said in a statement.

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Professor Nicola Spurrier has confirmed zero new local cases of coronavirus in South Australia overnight.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the infected man’s trip on a train from Flinders Street to Craigieburn in Melbourne coincided with the end of the AFL game between Richmond and Geelong.

Melbourne’s north, where many of the tier one exposure sites are located, saw massive queues at COVID-19 testing clinics on Wednesday.
Authorities are anticipating the long lines will continue today in the hope that more of those who attended the AFL game will come forward for testing.
As testing in Greater Melbourne continues, South Australian authorities are tracking down 45 people who were quarantined on the same floor as the infected Melbourne man.
SA Health confirmed to 9News they don’t yet have a confirmed number on how many of those 45 people have been contacted, but they are asking all those who have already been released from quarantine to go back into home-quarantine for another 14 days as a precaution.
They confirmed 10 of those 45 people are in South Australia, but the other 35 are not locals and have since left state quarantine.
Neither Victoria or South Australia have seen any new local cases of the virus since the Melbourne man’s infection from the hotel was confirmed, but authorities are urging anyone who may have been exposed to get tested, isolate and monitor for symptoms.

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