Melbourne COVID cases grow, Melbourne lockdown to be extended, regional Victoria restrictions eased; NSW COVID alert for state’s south coast

Melbourne COVID cases grow, Melbourne lockdown to be extended, regional Victoria restrictions eased; NSW COVID alert for state’s south coast

2nd June 2021 Off By adpublisher

Four of Wednesday’s six new cases are related to a family who travelled to several locations on the NSW south coast as part of a camping trip in late May.

They returned to Melbourne on May 24, reported the onset of symptoms on May 25 and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 31.

People line up for drive through testing in Huskisson on the NSW South Coast on Wednesday.

Health authorities are still working out which family member contracted the virus first and where they caught it, saying initial interviews had failed to reveal any likely crossover points with existing cases. NSW health authorities put out an alert on Tuesday night in relation to several sites visited by the family and Victoria’s Health Department also added locations linked to their trip to its list of exposure site, including three BP truck stops along the Hume Freeway at Glenrowan, Euroa and Wallan.

Two children from the family attended North Melbourne Primary School last week and it has since been closed to all students.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said another of Wednesday’s new cases was infected while dining at Brighton Beach Hotel on May 23.

The pub was initially listed as a tier-2 exposure site, but Professor Sutton said that since COVID-19 transmission had taken place, it has now been reclassified as a tier-1 location and anyone who was at the venue on May 23 form 3.09pm to 4.52pm will now need to isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Professor Sutton said the venue was a well-ventilated outdoor venue where you wouldn’t normally expect transmission to occur, noting it underlined the heightened risks associated with what the World Health Organisation now calls the “Kappa” variant of COVID-19.

He said although the variant is not the most infectious, it is more infectious than anything Victoria dealt with at the beginning and in the middle of 2020.

The person who caught COVID-19 in Brighton had been staying at their home in Anglesea and a number of stores and other locations in that area were added to the exposure site list on Wednesday morning.

Another of Wednesday’s new cases has been linked to Stratton Finance, a Port Melbourne workplace with over 20 cases connected to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, but Professor Sutton said that individual had been quarantining for the entirety of their potentially infectious period.