Victoria records 14 deaths, 372 new COVID-19 cases on Friday; NSW still facing new, ongoing cases; New Zealand cluster grows to 13

Victoria records 14 deaths, 372 new COVID-19 cases on Friday; NSW still facing new, ongoing cases; New Zealand cluster grows to 13

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“Sometimes they won’t recall a close contact and sometimes they’ve had a more casual contact and for those people, they can’t identify where they’ve been all with whom, but they will be picked it up there.”

Mr Sutton said the number of “mystery cases” has plateaued over the past week, and while Melbourne has 20 percent cases of unknown source – the number for regional Victoria is around 13 per cent.

“The reason is obviously we are linking more to known travel to Melbourne, it becomes easier to identify someone has picked it up in a particular spot in Melbourne because they are recalling that, talking about the places they’ve been two or visited in Melbourne,” he said.

He said the 13 per cent for regional areas was “still a concern”, and were largely in Greater Geelong, greater Bendigo, Ballarat and Mitchell Shire.

20-29 -year-olds are overrepresented in “mystery cases”, Professor Sutton said although there was a large cohort of unwell elderly Victorians, most of them have been linked to known clusters.

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