Victoria records two new coronavirus cases as hunt for concerning mystery infections continues
- Two new Covid cases were detected in Victoria in the 24 hours to Monday
- There are a total of 64 active cases of coronavirus in the state as of Monday
- Authorities are concerned not enough people are coming forward for testing
Victoria has recorded two new cases of coronavirus overnight, both of which are primary contacts of a previously known case and have been self isolating.
The latest cases pose no risk to the community and have been quarantined during their entire infectious period, the Victorian Department of Health said.
Authorities are still concerned about the drop in people seeking Covid tests, with just 16,932 results received in the 24 hours to Monday.
Ideally, government officials are hoping to see testing numbers north of 20,000 each day to feel confident the virus is not circulating undetected in the community.
There are 64 active cases of Covid in Victoria as of Monday morning.
Melbourne’s lockdown has ended – but overnight 19 new exposure sites were added to the Victorian Health website
The Education State exited their fourth lockdown since the pandemic began just four days ago following a spike in cases which concerned medical officers.
But there are concerns after hundreds of shoppers were forced into isolation when contact tracers determined a Covid-positive man visited a busy McDonald’s and Woolworths while infectious.
The Victorian Health Department added six locations to the exposure list overnight which are listed as Tier Two exposure sites meaning anyone who visited must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The confirmed case visited the McDonald’s Freshwater Place on Freshwater Place, at Southbank, between 5pm and 5.30pm on June 11.
They also went to Woolworths Melbourne Square, Shop 1/10 on Hoff Boulevard, at Southbank, between 4pm and 5.30pm on June 8.
A popular McDonalds in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank has been forced to close after a customer infected with Covid dined in the restaurant last Friday
The Medibank on Level Seven at 720 Bourke Street, Docklands, was also visited between 7.45am and 4.15pm on May 18.
Freshwater Place office at 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank, has also been flagged as an exposure site.
The confirmed case visited the site between 8.40am and 9.25am, and 4.35pm and 5.30pm on June 9.
There are more than 130 venues on Melbourne’s exposure list – down from 400 that were listed last week.
Ideally, government officials are hoping to see testing numbers north of 20,000 each day to feel confident the virus is not circulating undetected in the community. Pictured: Australian swimmer Cate Campbell receives a Pfizer vaccine
Covid fragments have also been detected in the sewage systems of a handful of suburbs, sparking concerns the virus could be in the region undetected.
Wastewater in the northeastern suburbs of Balwyn North, Bulleen, Bundoora, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Kew East, Macleod, Rosanna, Viewbank, Watsonia and Yallambie are of particular concern.
There are no confirmed cases in the areas, prompting fears there is an undiagnosed infectious case still in the community.
Anybody who visited the areas between June 9 and 10 are urged to seek testing if they develop any Covid symptoms.
More to come.