Five new cases of Vic amid virus lockdown | Liverpool City Champion
Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired COVID-19 cases as the state enters day two of its fourth lockdown.
Five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded by the Victoria Department of Health on Friday from more than 56,000 tests – a test record for the state.
With 45 active cases in the state, Victorians were told not to leave home except to buy food and essentials, to provide or receive care, to exercise, work or study, or get vaccinated.
Residents of Victoria are required to stay within a five-kilometer travel limit for exercise and shopping, and wear masks indoors and outdoors.
These rules will remain in effect in Victoria at least until next Friday.
Most infections are linked to the Whittlesea City cluster in Melbourne, cases testing positive for strain B1617 were first identified in India.
“We absolutely have to recognize that there are thousands upon thousands of close contacts who have yet to go through the incubation period and who could become symptomatic,” Health Director Brett Sutton said Friday.
To date, more than 15,000 primary and secondary contacts have been asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with a case of COVID.
The state government has also asked for 160 members of the defense force to help verify the thousands of people who have been told to self-isolate in their homes.
The list of COVID-19 exposure sites rose to more than 150 on Saturday, including an influenza vaccination center in the suburb of Preston.
Authorities are also urgently trying to locate those who visited five exhibition sites: the Sporting Globe in Mordialloc, Three Monkeys and Somewhere Bar in Prahran, The Local in Port Melbourne and The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne.
As of Friday, 21,626 Victorians received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The state’s coronavirus hotline was inundated with more than 77,000 calls in 15 minutes when it was announced Thursday that eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine would be extended to people aged 40 to 49.
It is estimated that the lockdown will cost the state economy around $ 2.5 billion.
Australian Associated Press