Victoria has announced five new high-risk exposure sites including a Euros final event, regional supermarkets and trendy restaurants as the state’s community cases soar to 43.
Youki’s Japanese Restaurant and Press Gourmet Pizza and Pasta on the trendy Chapel Street have been added, as Jesus is the Way Christian Church in Footscray.
A Euros final watch party at the The Crafty Squire in the CBD has also been listed as a Tier 1 site.
Phillip Island has become the latest hotspot after a man in attendance at the MCG on Saturday brought the highly-infectious Delta variant to the coastal town.
There were three new cases linked to the man announced on Saturday with five new Tier 1 exposure sites added to the state’s list which now tops 181.
Cowes Woolworths and Aldi have also been added as the regional area’s crisis grows.
Meanwhile thousands of students and their families have been forced into isolation as the virus sweeps through several schools.
Some parts of Melbourne are once again resembling a ghost town after a fifth snap lockdown was announced (pictured closed cafes and restaurants on Degraves St in the CBD)
Victoria appears likely to stay in lockdown much longer than five days after another 19 cases of coronavirus were recorded on Saturday.
The state health department said all the cases were linked to the current outbreak, which now numbers 43 community cases in total.
A concerning 18 out of the 19 cases on Saturday were active in the community, with the list of exposure sites growing by more than 30 locations since Friday evening, now sitting at 165.
The concerning spike in cases is also the largest number Victoria has recorded in more than nine months.
Positive cases have been confirmed from the MCG, where a man in his 20s from the members reserve area watched the Geelong-Carlton AFL match last weekend.
Two friends of that person have also caught the virus and travelled to Phillip Island.
A social contact of a positive Trinity Grammar teacher who was at the MCG has also tested positive, as well as two further staff members at Trinity.
Victoria appears likely to stay in lockdown much longer than five days after another 19 cases of coronavirus were recorded on Saturday (pictured a woman walking with an umbrella at Southbank in Melbourne’s CBD)
There were three new cases at Miss Frankie in Cremorne, in Melbourne’s south-east, including a patron and staff member.
A student from St Patrick’s Primary School in Murrumbeena has tested positive, as have two staff members from Bacchus Marsh Grammar.
One student from Bacchus Marsh Grammar has recently also recorded a positive result.
This is in addition to four household contacts and a positive case from Young and Jackson’s pub. They include the man’s wife, three daughters, and the partner of one of his daughters.
One household contact of the positive man in the City of Hume has also tested positive – but they were isolating through their infectious period.
The development comes as Health Minister Martin Foley said Victoria’s decision to hold a snap lockdown, a contrast to NSW, was ‘needed.’
‘We have gone hard and we have gone early to make sure that this lockdown is as short as possible,’ he said. ‘We will continue to assess our progress on this front, via both metropolitan and regional Victoria.’
Four teachers at Bacchus Marsh Grammar school (pictured), located 55km northwest of Melbourne, are infected with the virus
Recent cases from Bacchus Marsh Grammar (pictured) came from a staff development day that saw 315 personnel in attendance. Thousands of students might have been exposed
Multiple new exposure sites in Victoria are now categorised as ‘tier 1’, meaning anyone who has attended them in the specified time must get tested immediately and then quarantine for 14 days.
These include offices in Collins Square in Docklands on 13, 14 and 15 of July and an F45 gym in Richmond on 14 and 15 July.
Despite the rise in case numbers, health authorities insist they are on a ‘good trajectory’.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said while Victorians needed to ‘ready themselves’ for what could emerge leading into Monday.
‘We just need to brace ourselves for any possibility,’ he said at Saturday’s press conference.
‘The response couldn’t have been better … that’s got us on a good trajectory and it is, without question, a better situation than would have been the case without a lockdown.’
Melbourne residents cross the bridge over the Yarra River on the first day of a five-day lockdown. Hopes of life returning to normal ahead of schedule have suffered a setback with the news the Indian Delta variant is spreading throughout the state
Saturday’s figure of 19 cases was almost double the 10 diagnosed on Friday as the Delta strain began spread in Melbourne after infected removalists passed through.
Health Department figures said 47,000 tests were conducted on Friday along with 19,237 vaccine doses administered.
There were 54 active cases across the state, but this includes patients diagnosed in hotel quarantine and from interstate.
Three Victorian schools and one university are the state’s latest Covid outbreak hotspots with hundreds of staff and thousands of students potentially exposed to the highly-infectious Delta strain.
It comes as positive cases have been recorded in Ballarat and Phillip Island – both located more than 100km from Melbourne.
Four teachers at Bacchus Marsh Grammar school, located 55km northwest of Melbourne, are infected with the virus.
Trinity Grammar in the inner-eastern suburb of Kew has seen three teachers test positive, as has a family member of a senior student at Ballarat’s Clarendon College.
A professor at Geelong’s Deakin University has also tested positive.
A leading epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne said Victoria will need a lot of luck for the five-day lockdown end on Tuesday as the list of exposure sites surged to 155 on Friday night and the official number of cases hit 26.
‘I am concerned by the pace of this outbreak – Delta moves fast,’ Professor Nancy Baxter told the Herald Sun.
‘We would be very lucky to get out of lockdown on Tuesday… and Melbourne has not had much luck.’
A state minister told the Herald Sun it would be ‘ambitious’ to think Victoria would be out of lockdown after the five-day period, saying they would need ‘everything to fall our way’ for it to end on Tuesday.
Large exposure sites in the CBD such as the Young & Jackson pub and the MCG are also fuelling concerns the virus has spread significantly.
There is a confirmed case in Cowes on Phillip Island with a growing list of exposure sites sending hundreds of residents to overstretched testing clinics and dashing hopes that the regions would have an early release from lockdown.
Phillip Island Ten Pin Bowling and Entertainment, Cowes North Pier Hotel, Coles supermarket in Cowes, the Grand Prix Circuit in Ventnor, and San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op have been listed as Tier 1 sites.
Anyone in attendance on exposed times must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. Several other venues on the island have been listed as Tier 2 sites.
Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Sheppard sent an email to staff and parents on Friday morning saying the family member of a senior school student had tested positive
Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Sheppard sent an email to staff and parents on Friday morning saying the family member of a senior school student had tested positive and that they were awaiting further advice from the Government.
‘We will provide information to our community as required, and as directed as soon as it becomes available,’ Mr Sheppard said in the email.
‘It is our collective responsibility to follow the advice and guidance of health experts.
‘This is obviously an unsettling time for us all but particularly the Clarendon family as they navigate the next few days.’
The latest cases from Bacchus Marsh came from a staff development day that saw 315 personnel in attendance.
All four of the Covid-positive teachers are based at the Maddingley Middle/Senior School, with the campus designated as a Tier 1 site.
Principal Andrew Neal sent a letter to parents on Monday confirming the infected teachers had been in contact with their children.
A staff member teaching at Deakin University in Geelong also tested positive, with the college’s Vice Chancellor confirming they had temporarily closed several classrooms
‘Unfortunately, some of the recently infected staff have been in direct contact with students,’ the letter obtained by the Herald Sun reads.
‘The earlier advice that all students should stay at home and isolate still applies and we will update you with further advice as we are provided it,’ he added.
‘We currently have a significant number of staff tests back but given the size of the school we are still obviously waiting on a number from yesterday.’
A staff member teaching at Deakin University in Geelong also tested positive, with the college’s Vice Chancellor confirming they had temporarily closed several classrooms.
‘Based on our understanding of the staff member’s movements, Deakin has temporarily closed buildings IC, IB and JB for deep cleaning. The staff member was not involved in any teaching activity while on campus,’ Professor Iain Martin said.
‘We have identified a small number of close contacts on campus and have already advised those people to isolate and get tested.
‘However, if you were at the Waurn Ponds campus on Wednesday 14 July, anytime between 9am and 3pm, I urge you to watch and follow the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services.’
MELBOURNE’S NEW EXPOSURE SITES
Tier 1 – Anyone who has visited the following locations during the listed times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure:
Collins Square Ground Floor Foyer (Tower 4) – Wednesday July 14, 9:00am to 9:05am
End of Trip Facility in Collins Square (Car Park 1), Thursday July 15, 8:50am to 9:30am
End of Trip Facility in Collins Square (Car Park 1), Tuesday July 13, 7:55am to 8:30am
Collins Square (Level 19, Tower 4), Thursday July 15, 10:50am to 3:15pm
Collins Square (Level 19, Tower 4), Wednesday July 14, 9:00am to 6:30pm
Collins Square (Level 19, Tower 4), Tuesday July 13, 8:15am to 5:30pm
Bentleigh East: Valkstone Primary School basketball stadium – Wednesday, July 14, 4.45pm-6.30pm
Phillip Island: Cowes North Pier Hotel – Monday, July 12, 7.22pm-10.47pm
Phillip Island: Grand Prix Circuit, Ventor – Tuesday, July 13, 11.10am-1.17pm
Phillip Island: Coles supermarket, Cowes – Monday, July 12, 4.30pm-5.30pm
Richmond: F45 Cremorne Street – Wednesday, July 14, 6.50am-8.05am, Thursday July 15, 6.35am-8.05am
Frankston: Village Cinemas showing of the movie Black Widow – Monday, July 12, 6pm-8.30pm
Point Cook: Sanctuary Lakes Charcoal Chicken & Salad Bar – Wednesday, July 14, 12:46pm – 1:20pm
Richmond: Percy Beames Bar, Members’ Reserve (Level 2) – Melbourne Cricket Ground – Saturday July 10, 4:00pm – 4:30pm and 5:20pm – 5:50pm
Sunshine: Helping Hands Mission Inc Sunshine Op Shop – Monday, July 12, 10:30am – 11:30am
Niddrie: Vinnies Niddrie – Monday July 12, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Moonee Ponds: Hero Sushi – Monday July 12, 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Maidstone: Chemist Warehouse – Monday July 12, 5:10pm – 5:50pm
Bundoora: Dr Suguna Vimalanathan Dental Surgery – Tuesday July 13, 12:30pm – 1:03pm and 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Bundoora: Salvos Stores Bundoora – Tuesday July 13, 11:45am – 1:00pm
Moonee Ponds: Australian Red Cross Moonee Ponds Op Shop – Monday, July 12, 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Carnegie: Spotlight – Tuesday July 13, 4:20pm – 5:00pm
Tier 2 – Anyone who has visited the following locations during the listed times should urgently get tested, then isolate until confirmation of a negative result. Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear:
Metro Trains- Glen Waverley Line, Richmond Station to Holmesglen Station – Wednesday July 14, 10:13pm – 10:34pm
Metro Trains- Glen Waverley Line, Richmond Station to Holmesglen Station – Wednesday July 14, 3:26pm – 3:48pm
Waurn Ponds: Deakin University buildings IB and IC – Wednesday July 14, 10am-2pm
Waurn Ponds: Deakin University market hall cafeteria, building JB – Wednesday July 14, 12pm-1pm
Phillip Island: Phillip Island Bakery, Cowes – Tuesday, July 13, 1pm-1.45pm
Phillip Island: Phillip Island Coffee Co, Cowes – Wednesday, July 14, 9.10am-9.50am
Phillip Island: Phillip Island Nature Parks, The Nobbies, Summerlands – Monday, July 12, 3.35pm-4.20pm; Tuesday, July 13, 4.37pm-5.10pm
Phillip Island: Phillip Island Chocolate Factory – Tuesday, July 13, 2.57pm-3.55pm
Phillip Island: G’Day Tiger, Cowes – Tuesday July 13, 9.16am-10.24am
Phillip Island: A Maze N Things Theme Park, Cowes – Wednesday, July 14, 3.24pm-4.05pm
Phillip Island: Jolly Lolly Trolley, Cowes – Wednesday, July 14, 3.24pm-4.05pm
Williamstown: Coles – Tuesday July 13, 5:20pm – 5:55pm
Richmond: MCC Members’ Reserve (all other staff and ticketholders, all levels), Carlton v Geelong game – Saturday July 10, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Richmond: Coles – Monday July 12, 12:30pm – 1:05pm
Richmond: Soul Origin – Monday July 12, 12:35pm – 1:10pm
Richmond: Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre – Basement level car park (Purple Zone) – Monday July 12, 8:50am – 9:30am and 4:30pm – 5:10pm
Avondale Heights: Coles – Monday July 12, 8:00am – 9:15am
Chadstone: ZiNG Pop Culture – Monday July 12, 5:25pm – 6:00pm
Chadstone: Target – Monday July 12, 5:25pm – 6:00pm
Chadstone: Kmart – Monday July 12, 5:25pm – 6:00pm
Carnegie: Carnegie Central – Tuesday July 13, 4:20pm – 5:20pm
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he understood the frustration among Victorians as they began their first day of a five-day long lockdown to curb the spread of the ‘Sydney incursion’
Earlier on Friday, Premier Dan Andrews took a swipe at his NSW counterpart after positive cases from Sydney brought the virus back to Melbourne.
The Victorian Premier said he understood the frustration among Victorians as they began their first day of a five-day long lockdown to curb the spread of the ‘Sydney incursion’.
‘I know and understand that this is not easy,’ he said. ‘No-one wants to be locked down.
‘But we had no choice and these additional cases overnight and particularly some of the context of these cases I think confirm for all Victorians that we had to make that tough call.’
Mr Andrews claimed it was better to suffer through a short lockdown than a prolonged one – in a subtle dig against NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian who has been forced to extend restrictions across Greater Sydney until at least the end of July
A deserted Melbourne as the city began its first-day of lockdown on Friday, which is scheduled to end at 11.59pm on Tuesday
Mr Andrews claimed it was better to suffer through a short lockdown than a prolonged one – in a subtle dig against NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian who has been forced to extend restrictions across Greater Sydney until at least the end of July.
‘We have done it before and we have done before with the Delta variants,’ he said.
‘We can do it again and we will do it again.
‘We are all working as hard as we possibly can to make this as short a lockdown as possible, five days.
‘That is certainly better than five weeks or five months.’
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VICTORIA’S NEW LOCKDOWN
– The lockdown is scheduled to run from Thursday July 15 at 11:59pm until Tuesday July 20 at 11:59pm.
– There will be only five lawful reasons to leave home
1. Essential shopping
2. Two hours of daily exercise within a 5km radius
3. To seek or provide medical care
4. Work or study that cannot be done from home.
5. To go and get vaccinated.
– Face masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors
– Schools will return to online learning
– 5km travel limit for essential tasks, including shopping and exercise
– If your business was closed during the last lockdown, they must close this lockdown
– Hospitality open for takeaway only
– General retail is closed, as well as all non-essential businesses
– Visitors to the home are banned
– Funerals capped at ten people, while weddings are banned
– Professional sport can proceed but with no crowds
– Outdoor parks and play areas are open, but those indoors must close
On June 26, Ms Berejiklian introduced a two week lockdown in Greater Sydney after more than 80 cases were linked to an outbreak of the Delta variant of the virus.
The lockdown has since been extended with the virus running rampant in southwest Sydney and the state recording a staggeringly high number of cases each day – peaking at 112 on Monday.
Mr Andrews, on the other hand, plunged his state into lockdown despite Victoria recording just a handful of cases.
On Friday, only ten cases were reported – but four of them were already announced on Thursday.
There are now 26 cases linked to the outbreak with 1,500 close contacts and 5,000 secondary contacts identified.
The figure comes after 33,129 Covid-19 tests were conducted and 17,188 vaccines administered in the last 24 hours.
Bourke Street in the CBD is all but deserted during Melbourne’s fifth snap lockdown
Commuters walking outside of a normally busy Flinders Street Station on Friday
One of the Ariele Apartment residents forced into two weeks of quarantine after Covid-infected removalists from NSW visited the residential complex last Thursday
Covid response commander Jeroen Weimar said positive Covid-19 residents staying in the Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong have been moved into quarantine or ‘alternative accommodation’.
The entire 78 apartment complex was plunged into a two week long lockdown after it was revealed two Covid-19 positive removalists from Sydney had carried furniture throughout the building last Thursday.
In a welcome reprieve, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a newly-introduced $600 relief payment from the Federal Government for hard-hit Victorians.