July 29, 2021

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Victoria’s blockade has been extended – SPOTLITER NEWS

Victoria will not come off the block as planned at midnight tomorrow as the state records 12 new local cases of coronavirus.

Premier Daniel Andrews said a decision will be made on when the lockdown ends tomorrow.

“I know it’s frustrating not being able to stand here and tell you what rules and times will apply from midnight tomorrow night, but we want to explain why that’s the case,” Andrews said.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said the state lockdown will be extended. (9News)

“The Chief Health Officer will provide advice to me and my older colleagues, which will happen tonight and tomorrow morning, and will be based on the best information, the most comprehensive set of facts we can put together.”

More than 54,800 people showed up for testing in the past 24 hours, with the Department of Health confirming that all new local cases were linked to the current outbreaks.

Victoria’s 13 local COVID-19 cases include:

  • The man from Mildura who contracted the GCM virus
  • A familiar contact from the man from Mildura
  • Four cases related to the Ms Frankie restaurant in Cremorne
  • Two other students linked to Trinity Grammar School
  • A social contact from the Phillip Island case
  • A case related to AAMI Park
  • A case related to the Young and Jacksons pub
  • A case related to Bacchus Marsh Grammar who was isolating himself during their infectious period.
  • A case that emerged from the event of the European finals at the Crafty Squire

Andrews said the results of today’s interviews and contact tracing tests will be taken into account in making the decision on the block’s end date.

The premier warned that the state did not want its growing epidemic to explode like in Sydney.

“All of these will be taken into consideration and they will make that decision which is in the interest of all Victorians and in the interest of avoiding what is happening in other parts of our country,” he said.

“We don’t want that to happen here. I think knowing what we know now and seeing what has been going on during this block, these last four days, we know that if we were open then it would be just like Sydney.

“We would have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cases. We would not be looking at a brief lockdown, but we would be looking at something completely different ”.

Thousands are coming forward to undergo tests to determine if the man has spread the infection in the community.

Victoria records 12 new cases of COVID-19 as the blockade that is likely to extend. (Diego Fedele / Getty)

Victoria has more than local cases reported in the current outbreak with residential buildings, schools, cafes, pubs and even sports venues among the growing list of exhibition sites.

There are also now fears that the Melbourne outbreak has spread to regional areas as exposure sites soar to 200 statewide.

Additional staff have been brought in from Bendigo to cope with the wave of people coming forward for testing, and authorities are urging anyone who thinks they have been exposed to come forward, even if they have no symptoms.

Medical staff at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital may also have been exposed to COVID-19 after a positive case presented itself at the Fitzroy site on Friday, July 16.

In a statement to 9News, the hospital confirmed the primary source of exposure relating to the Department of Anesthesia.

“Our contact tracing team is responding to this potential exposure as a matter of priority,” the statement read.

“Anyone who may have been exposed is placed in precautionary quarantine as part of our contact tracing process.

“No patients have been identified as being in close contact and we are providing support to affected staff.”

Cafe Courtyard 55, located adjacent to the main hospital building, has been identified as a potential exhibition site.

Anyone who attended Courtyard 55 on Friday between 2pm and 2.30pm must urgently undergo a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

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