Covid-19 Australia: Victoria records 11 new cases all linked to known clusters


Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases including three children and added six train services to the state’s growing exposure list. 

State Health Minister Martin Foley said on Monday all the new cases were locally acquired and linked to previous clusters.  

Three were linked to the Whittlesea cluster, bringing the total to 32, and three to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility, raising the total to nine.

One of the cases has been linked to the Port Melbourne construction site, raising the total to 31, and the last four cases were connected to the West Melbourne cluster, bringing the total to 14.

‘These four new cases are three children and an adult,’ Mr Foley said. 

The health minister revealed eight of the 11 new cases were already in quarantine. 

It comes after 24,265 tests were received and 17,719 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites in the last 24 hours. 

Melburnians are currently preparing to come out of lockdown on Thursday after restrictions were extended as the state grapples with its latest Covid-19 outbreak – which now sits at 94 active cases.   

Mr Foley said he acknowledged it had been a difficult time for Victorians and reminded them that the fight to beat the latest outbreak was not yet over.

Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley said on Monday all the new cases were locally acquired and linked to previous clusters

Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said on Monday all the new cases were locally acquired and linked to previous clusters

Melburnians are currently waiting on edge as they prepare to come out of lockdown on Thursday after restrictions were extended as the state grapples with its latest Covid-19 outbreak - which now sits at 94 active cases

Melburnians are currently waiting on edge as they prepare to come out of lockdown on Thursday after restrictions were extended as the state grapples with its latest Covid-19 outbreak – which now sits at 94 active cases

Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases as it approaches decision day for whether Melbourne's strict lockdown will be lifted as planned on Thursday (pictured, Melburnians line up outside a vaccination hub)

Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases as it approaches decision day for whether Melbourne’s strict lockdown will be lifted as planned on Thursday (pictured, Melburnians line up outside a vaccination hub)

The return to double digit infections was the highest number for 11 days, and comes as six train services were added to the state's growing exposure list - bringing the total to an overwhelming 354 venues (pictured, Covid-19 testing clinic on Bourke Street in Melbourne)

The return to double digit infections was the highest number for 11 days, and comes as six train services were added to the state’s growing exposure list – bringing the total to an overwhelming 354 venues (pictured, Covid-19 testing clinic on Bourke Street in Melbourne)

‘We do know that this has been a tough period for Victorians,’ he said.

‘We do know there are many challenges if we are going to stick together and get through this challenging period.’ 

‘These figures give us confidence that all the cases are linked. 

‘But as part of the way ahead, there is still much to do and still much to do about making sure we bring all Victorians along that journey.’  

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan also announced a $30 million support package would be provided to struggling Victorians. 

‘Specifically, $4.5 million will be allocated for emergency food relief, whether it be for food banks, student supermarket, food bank outreach service, for areas like Monash, LaTrobe and other areas where there is a large cohort of international students who are very much struggling,’ he said.

‘We will also provide grants to meet regional and metropolitan food hubs which we set up.’ 

Six train services running along the Upfield Line have also been listed as Tier Two exposure sites, joining busy supermarkets and shopping centres on the swelling list.

Health authorities made the announcement on Sunday after discovering a confirmed case had travelled on the public transport system.

A doughnut store, construction site, restaurant and BP have also been added to the growing list. 

The Covid-19 positive commuter had travelled from Merlynston Station to Flinders Street Station from 6.03am to 6.34am on June 2, 3, and 4.

They then later travelled from Melbourne Central Station to Merlynston from 3.55pm to 4.19pm on the same days. 

Anyone who caught the train around the same time has been urged to get tested for Covid-19 and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

The new locally acquired cases were announced on Monday and include two that were reported yesterday and linked to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility, including a 70-year-old resident (pictured, healthcare workers outside the aged care facility)

The new locally acquired cases were announced on Monday and include two that were reported yesterday and linked to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility, including a 70-year-old resident (pictured, healthcare workers outside the aged care facility)

Six train services running along the Upfield Line have also been listed as Tier Two exposure sites, joining busy supermarkets and shopping centres on the swelling list (pictured, the Covid-19 positive case had caught the train to Flinders Street Station)

Six train services running along the Upfield Line have also been listed as Tier Two exposure sites, joining busy supermarkets and shopping centres on the swelling list (pictured, the Covid-19 positive case had caught the train to Flinders Street Station) 

That's Alotta Donuts at 2/882 Cooper Street in Somerton, north of Melbourne, has been added to the list

That’s Alotta Donuts at 2/882 Cooper Street in Somerton, north of Melbourne, has been added to the list

The train services are the latest addition to Victoria’s exposure list that now sits at 354. 

That’s Alotta Donuts at 2/882 Cooper Street in Somerton, north of Melbourne, has been added to the list.

A confirmed case visited the venue between 4.10pm and 5.20pm on May 30.   

Probuild Construction Site at 100 Queen Street, in Melbourne, has also been flagged as a tier 1 exposure site after a worker tested positive to Covid-19.

Anyone who was at the venue from 7am to 4pm on May 30 and 31, June 1, 2 and 3 has been told to get tested.

The same advice applies to anyone who visited the site between 7am and 12.30pm on June 4. 

Chick Chick/ Sir Duke at 97-99 Puckle Street at Moonee Ponds was also placed on the list with a confirmed case visiting from 3.10pm to 3.40pm on May 30

Chick Chick/ Sir Duke at 97-99 Puckle Street at Moonee Ponds was also placed on the list with a confirmed case visiting from 3.10pm to 3.40pm on May 30

Chick Chick (Fried Chicken)/ Sir Duke at 97-99 Puckle Street at Moonee Ponds was also placed on the list with a confirmed case visiting from 3.10pm to 3.40pm on May 30. 

BP/David Jones Food Merrifield at 470 Donnybrook Road at Mickleham was also added to the list.

Anyone who visited the venue between 5.40pm and 6.10pm on May 30 has been advised to get tested.  

The new venues were added as the state recorded just four new local cases on Sunday, including two linked to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility in the city’s northwest. 

One is a 79-year-old resident who has had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. They live close to two other residents, aged 99 and 89, who have previously tested positive.

Despite being asymptomatic, the resident has been taken to hospital.

The other case is a registered nurse who worked at the nursing home on Saturday, is also asymptomatic and has received a first COVID-19 shot. 

Health officials have warned there is no 'magic number' of people getting vaccinated before future coronavirus lockdowns can be avoided (pictured, Melburnians queuing to get the Covid jab on Saturday)

Health officials have warned there is no ‘magic number’ of people getting vaccinated before future coronavirus lockdowns can be avoided (pictured, Melburnians queuing to get the Covid jab on Saturday)

LATEST COVID-19 EXPOSURE SITES

Health authorities added on the weekend several new venues to Victoria’s list of exposure sites, which now sits at 354.

Below is a list of venues that have been added to the list as well as the times that they were visited by confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

1) Upfield Line: 

-Merlynston Station to Flinders Street Station from 6.03am to 6.34am on June 2 

-Melbourne Central Station to Merlynston Station from 3.55pm to 4.19pm on June 2 

-Merlynston Station to Flinders Street Station from 6.03am to 6.34am on June 3 

-Melbourne Central Station to Merlynston Station from 3.55pm to 4.19pm on June 3

-Merlynston Station to Flinders Street Station from 6.03am to 6.34am on June 4

-Melbourne Central Station to Merlynston Station on from 3.55pm to 4.19pm June 4.

2) That’s Alotta Donuts at 2/882 Cooper St in Somerton from 4.10pm and 5.20pm on May 30.

3) Probuild Construction Site at 100 Queen St from 7am to 4pm on May 30 and 31, June 1, 2 and 3, and 7am to 12.30pm on June 4. 

4) Chick Chick (Fried Chicken)/Sir Duke at 97-99 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds from 3.10pm to 3.40pm on May 30.

5) BP/David Jones Food Merrifield at 470 Donnybrook Road, Mickleham from 5.40pm to 6.10pm on May 30. 

6) Fish Pier at Craigieburn Central on 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 4pm an 5.30pm on May 31. 

7) Pinoy Tayo Asian Grocery Craigieburn Central on 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 4pm an 5.30pm on May 31.

8) HS Quality Food at Craigieburn Central on 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 4pm an 5.30pm on May 31.

9) Fergusson Plarre Bakehouse at Craigieburn Central on 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 4pm an 5.30pm on May 31.

10) Quality Fresh Meats at Craigieburn Central on 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 4pm an 5.30pm on May 31.

11) BP Greenvale on 910 Mickleham Rd at Greenvale between 5:25pm – 5:58pm on June 2.

View a full list of the exposure sites at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites 

Victorians have been warned there is no ‘magic number’ of people getting vaccinated that would guarantee the government stops using lockdowns to control future outbreaks of coronavirus.

The current lockdown – Victoria’s fourth in 14 months – was scheduled to end on Thursday but the continued emergence of new cases in the current small outbreak raised the prospect it will be extended. 

Professor Cheng said it was difficult to say what proportion would need to be vaccinated to avoid future lockdowns.

‘There isn’t one single magic number,’ Professor Cheng said.

‘Once you get up to much higher coverage rates, then it makes a whole lot of things easier.

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said it was difficult to say what proportion would need to be vaccinated to avoid future lockdowns

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said it was difficult to say what proportion would need to be vaccinated to avoid future lockdowns 

Melburnians are experiencing their fourth lockdown within 14 months. Pictured is a deserted Federation Square on Saturday

Melburnians are experiencing their fourth lockdown within 14 months. Pictured is a deserted Federation Square on Saturday

‘We may not need the intensity of restrictions. We may be able to only do contact tracing without having to do other things quite to the same level, and that is the benefit of vaccination.’

Victoria had administered 1.4 million doses of vaccine in a state with a population of 6.5 million. 

Professor Cheng expects Melbourne will be able to ease restrictions on Friday.

‘We don’t want to be in this any longer than we need to. So if we can, we will lift it early,’ he said. 

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday announced an additional 100,000 vaccines are being made available for Victoria.

The federal government has also extended its suspension of JobSeeker mutual obligation requirements until June 15.

Victoria had administered 1.4 million doses of vaccine in a state with a population of 6.5 million (pictured, healthcare workers at the Arcare aged care facility at Maidstone)

Victoria had administered 1.4 million doses of vaccine in a state with a population of 6.5 million (pictured, healthcare workers at the Arcare aged care facility at Maidstone)



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