Melbourne COVID cases grow; Victoria restrictions may increase; MCG, RMIT, Highpoint Shopping Centre listed as exposure sites

Melbourne COVID cases grow; Victoria restrictions may increase; MCG, RMIT, Highpoint Shopping Centre listed as exposure sites

26th May 2021 Off By adpublisher

Returning to Epping in the city’s north, Stephanie Carlin spoke to reporter Tammy Mills and photographer Joe Armao at the Northern Hospital while she waited to get vaccinated.

As we reported earlier today, Ms Carlin is a 35-year-old aged care worker who has been off work for some time so is just getting vaccinated.

People line up for COVID-19 testing at Epping Memorial Community Hall in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.Credit:Joe Armao

She is from Wollert, the suburb where the outbreak originated from.

Ms Carlin had mixed emotions – she said the city should be well-equipped to handle the outbreak, but she still felt uneasy.

“The logical part of your brain tells you it’s fine, but the anxiety is still there,” she said.

Ms Carlin said her mother, who works in the city, decided to stay home out of caution in case she had picked up the virus.

She said being a risk to others was of most concern to her too, particularly after working through last year’s outbreaks in aged care.

“My biggest fear was being asymptomatic and bringing it into work,” she said.

Vinnie Reddy, who runs printer shop Epson & Brother on High Street in Lalor, said he was starting to get a little worried about the number of cases.

He said he was in a fortunate position during last year’s lockdowns because more people needed printers working from home.

Mr Reddy said he was planning to get the vaccine for his customers.

“I will take it because we interact with people – it’s not just for myself,” Mr Reddy said.

Joe Bouzeid, at Gino’s Pizza next door, said the last few days have been unnerving.

“It’s a bit scary, to be honest,” he said.

“We’re starting to get worried – are we still going to be open on the weekend? We don’t know how much to prepare and buy and stock.”