#AceHealthReport – June.02: Victoria’s #coronavirus outbreak has shown evidence of “casual acquisition” and a number of shopping centres and precincts are of particular concern:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Busy Melbourne streets and centres put on alert after #COVID19 transmitted by ‘fleeting’ contact and during a press conference, Victoria’s Testing Commander Jeroen Weimar said there were multiple sites where authorities had seen four or five instances of “transmission with very limited contact”
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“With previous variants we are more used to transmission occurring in the home, at the workplace or where people are having a lot of contact,” he said.
“This is a much more fleeting. What we’re seeing now is they’re brushing past each other in a small shop. They don’t know each other’s names.”Deputy Secretary for Community Engagement and Testing at the Department of Health and Human Services Jeroen Weimar.
There are a number of busy streets and shopping centres where health authorities say infected people have moved around.
- Craigieburn Central
- Bay Street in Port Melbourne
- Clarendon Street in South Melbourne
- Pacific Epping, which is also known as Epping Plaza
- Epping North Shopping Centre
- Broadway Reservoir
Anyone who has been around those shopping centres or precincts in the past two weeks should come forward and get tested, Weimar said.
“This is stranger-to-stranger transmission. It is not one or two – We have at least four instances in this cluster,” he said.
The sites at which some of the “fleeting transmission” has been seen include the Telstra Store in South Melbourne, JMD Grocers in Epping, the Metricon display home and Craigieburn Central shopping centre.
Victoria COVID-19 exposure sites
More than 100 exposure sites were added to the list on Monday and another shopping centre is now on alert after a worker tested positive for the virus.
Fourteen alerts have been issued after sites in the Brimbank Shopping Centre in Deer Park were visited by the Muffin Break staff member on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.
None of Victoria’s active cases reside in the regions, although several of the state’s more than 320 exposure sites are outside the city.
On Tuesday, the health department confirmed there had been nine cases recorded in the 24 hours until midnight.
Six of those cases were revealed during Monday’s press conference, but had not yet been added to the official figures.
his brings the total of Victoria’s virus outbreak to 54.
Monday was another massive day of testing, with 42,699 tests undertaken
#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Jun.02: 2021:
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