Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Victoria records 733 new Covid cases, one protester tests positive

Victoria has recorded 733 new local Covid-19 cases and one more death.
More than 41,000 vaccines doses were also administered.
The figure comes after experts warned Victorians should brace for daily Covid-19 case numbers of 1,000 or more as the state struggles to contain the Delta outbreak.
Professor Robert Booy, of the University of Sydney, told Today he fears Victorian cases are heading out of control.
“It is a worry and it is not in control … I can see this going to 1000 just as New South Wales did peaking out at a largish number and falling again,” he said.
“The age-old problem is compliance. People playing by the rules,” he said.
“If 99 per cent do (comply), there are still tens of thousands that don’t.”
Professor Booy suggested police and community leaders needed to further monitor residents’ behaviour to stop breaches of health orders.
Professor Booy said conditions during anti-lockdown protests made further infections likely.
“Crowding, running, shouting, many without masks and most unvaccinated. They have the ventilation of being outside, but all the other ingredients of a spreading event,” he said.
One protester tests covid positive
There are fears Melbourne’s protests could become a super-spreader event after a person who attended the rallies tested positive for Covid-19.
The Department of Health last night confirmed that a person who attended the protests in Melbourne’s CBD on Wednesday is being treated for the virus.
A department spokesperson said public health investigations were underway and has urged anyone who attended the protests and experienced a COVID-19 symptom should get tested immediately.
It marked the fourth day of protests over a push to scrap mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the construction industry and more demonstrations are expected today.
The protests yesterday had forced two vaccination hubs to close after workers were spat on and abused the day before.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp condemned the attacks on health workers and police.
On Tuesday, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Patton said the thousands of “selfish individuals” who protested had all placed themselves and others at risk of contracting COVID-19.

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