Victorian coronavirus outbreak: How did we get here? | Goulburn Post


Here we go again. Victoria returned to Lakbada, international travel was disrupted and the threat of COVID-1 of returned. Outbreaks of coronavirus linked to hotel quarantine violations began in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, but clusters have exploded in recent days, doubling the number to 2 hours. The list of more than 1,150 exposure sites details bars, stadiums, gyms and retail stores in the north and southeast of the state, as well as some regional areas around Bendigo. Concerned officials about the highly contagious strain, Victoria was plunged into a seven-day “circuit breaker” lockdown to allow contact tracers to climb over thousands of contacts identified from the cluster. So what’s really going on, and how did we get here? It all started earlier this month with the case of a man infected with a hotel quarantine in South Australia. A man from Walmart, just north of Melbourne, tested positive on April 1 after returning from India via the Maldives and Singapore and completing a hotel quarantine in Adelaide. He was sitting in a room next to a man who tested positive before moving to the Medi-Hotel. A report released Wednesday found that the virus had spread through an aerosol transmission in an adjoining room occupied by an infected guest due to “time to open and close doors.” Genomic sequencing has linked new cases to that volatile man, while not yet linked. Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health officer, said a detailed interview in each case had yielded no results. “We will continue to search and find links,” he said. “If we can do that we know there are people out there who need to be tested, but detailed interviews and re-interviews didn’t identify the right link.” On Thursday, 11 new incidents were reported, doubling the magnitude of the outbreak. One person is in intensive care on a ventilator. The virus is spreading rapidly, with more than 1,150 exposure sites already identified, many of them high-risk areas such as bars, gyms and football stadiums. Professor Sutton was assured that all events were connected. He said one exposure site is a finance firm in Port Melbourne, while all other cases are of related household or contingency links. However, more than 1,000 primary and secondary contacts have been identified in the reported cases. Professor Sutton said that number had never been seen before. “One of the reasons for the large number we’ve seen is that there were broadcast generations before the first case was identified before us,” he said. The type of virus that spreads through Victoria is a highly contagious Indian strain called B161 version. Victoria’s acting prime minister, James Merlino, said it was a community that we had never recorded before. “The primary concern of our public health experts is how fast this difference is. We’ve also seen abroad how difficult it is to control the movement. Here in Victoria we see how fast it is, but how contagious it is.” He said the time between catching the virus and showing symptoms is on average more than a day. “In some perspectives, the normal transmission takes about six to six days. In some of these cases, it is broadcast within a day.” Read more: Professor Sutton says B111 strain is “at least as contagious as the UK and potentially more contagious.” “It was challenging enough. We don’t want to deal with such a variety of concerns again.” Part of the problem is the type of sites that infected people attend. Many exposure sites – including clubs, football games and gyms – are crowded places where people dance, sing and dance, which poses a high risk. Western Australia: Anyone who has been to Victoria since May 1 will be banned by the state unless they have a waiver. It is mandatory to quarantine those discounts. South Australia: This border is closed to more Melbourne travelers. Necessary workers and South Australians can go home but must be kept apart for 1 qu day. Tasmania: Anyone who has been in Victoria for the past 1 days. Passengers can apply for a discount but quarantine is required. Tasmanians can apply for a waiver and quarantine at home. Queensland: All Victorian travelers must complete a border pass. Visitors to the city of Whittlesee after May 11 need a discount. Returning residents, or anyone with a discount, should go to the hotel quarantine. Northern Territory: Midnight Thursday More anyone coming from Melbourne and Bendigo should quarantine at the Howard Springs or Ellis Springs facility. NSW: Anyone who arrives from Victoria after noon on Thursday will be subject to the Victorian lockdown rule and will remain at home for no apparent reason. They must also complete a declaration form. ACT: Non-residents of Victoria are prohibited without any exemption. Returning residents must follow Victoria’s lockdown rules and stay home without having to for any reason. Passengers in the city of Whitley should be excluded until a test result is obtained.



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