Victoria records 165 new cases of Covid-19, with just 30 linked to known outbreaks


Victoria has recorded 165 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, with just 30 of those cases linked to known outbreaks and 135 still under investigation. None of the cases are from returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.
Of the total 3,098 cases, 2,723 are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 270 are from regional Victoria. There are now 111 cases linked with the nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne. While all residents of those estates have now been tested, further lab results are expected later on Thursday. Six new cases are linked to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak, with the total from that cluster now 113.
Meanwhile two healthcare workers at the Royal Melbourne hospital, and two health workers from the Sunshine hospital emergency department, have tested positive. One further case has been found in a staff member of the Northern hospital in Epping, with that cluster total now at 11, made up of nine staff and two household contacts of staff. There is increasing concern about the number of healthcare workers infected during Victoria’s most recent outbreak.


Further cases have also been linked to aged-care facilities, including two staff members who worked at Menarock Life Aged Care in Essendon. Further aged-care cases include a staff member who attended BaptCare The Orchards Community in Doncaster; a staff member who worked at Benetas St George’s in Altona Meadows; and a staff member who worked at BlueCross Ivanhoe, who all worked while infectious.
Stage 3 “stay at home” restrictions came into force across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire overnight and will stay in force for six weeks.
Meanwhile, the Victorian government announced daily temperature checks will be introduced in schools across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire every morning from term three, with thermometers also provided to all non-government schools. If a student has a temperature of 37.5C or above, schools will be required to contact parents or carers to arrange for students to return home.
While this is not expected to detect all cases – many children with the virus are asymptomatic – it is an added measure to prevent virus spread, with hygiene, sanitation and staying home and getting tested as soon as any symptoms develop all still critical.
The government is expected to provide a further update later on Thursday on the public housing towers under strict lockdown that means residents are not allowed to leave the buildings under any circumstances unless they need urgent medical care. This lockdown was flagged to end on Thursday, once all residents had been tested.
Meanwhile the New South Wales police commissioner, Mick Fuller, said 125,000 permits had been issued for travel across the NSW/Victoria border, which is now closed.


“The permit system itself is a very simple one, and we would ask that over the next 24 hours that you make an effort,” Fuller said. “In saying that, we are getting such great feedback from both communities. The police who I have spoken to who work in Sydney said they have been extremely well-received by not just the people coming across in vehicles, but the community members in the town. From our perspective, we’ve issued only a couple of tickets for those who have breached the health orders.”
Anyone who is from or who has visited Victoria and re-entered NSW before the border closure has been ordered to self-isolate at home or in other suitable accommodation for 14 days.
The South Australian premier, Steven Marshall, announced that all people who have been into Victoria in recent weeks should get tested for the virus immediately as part of a statewide testing campaign, even if they do not have symptoms. He said as of midnight Wednesday, any South Australians returning from Victoria were required to undertake a test within 24 hours of crossing the border, whether that be a road border or at the airport. Even if they get a negative result they are still required to complete the full 14 days of isolation.

And Queensland will open its borders to all states with the exception of Victorians as of Friday 10 July. From then, anyone who enters Queensland will need to have a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and any necessary documentation to prove they have not been in Victoria over the past 14 days. This also applies to Queensland residents and visitors.


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