Acting Premier of Victoria James Merlino. Photo / Getty Images
Close contact from a Victorian man who returned from Sydney has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Earlier Thursday, an Oakleigh man in his 60s diagnosed with Covid became Victoria’s first case linked to the New South Wales outbreak.
Now the only close human contact in the workplace, the owner of Sandringham Dry Cleaners in Melbourne, has also tested positive for the coronavirus, reports the ABC.
The first man had visited his daughter’s home in a green area in Sydney during a social event on Saturday night – a party that was seen as a high-profile event.
He arrived in Melbourne on Sunday on a 5.30pm flight from Sydney and took public transport home from the airport.
The man started showing symptoms around 10 p.m. Tuesday and was tested on Wednesday.
Authorities say the two are being questioned and a full public health response is underway. Their cases will be recorded in tomorrow’s coronavirus tally.
The family of the second man is now in isolation and is also being tested, while the dry cleaning business is closed for a thorough cleaning.
The company’s QR code data is being analyzed by authorities so that more contacts can be identified, the Victoria Department of Human Services and Health confirmed.
The other local case recorded earlier Thursday was a known primary close contact linked to the Kings Park apartment complex. This person was quarantined throughout their infectious period.
Three cases were also contracted abroad, all in quarantine at the hotel.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said given the Delta Variant patterns spreading around Sydney, the state government was taking a “conservative approach” and working on the basis that the man had. the same strain.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation in NSW and we are moving quickly to ensure Victoria remains safe and secure from the threat posed by this Delta variant,” he said. declared.
Foley said the public health team had acted quickly and had already established their main close contacts.
Covid-19 Victorian Response Commander Jeroen Weimar said he understands the man has yet to be contacted by NSW contact tracing authorities, although the social event he attended attended has been investigated there.
“The reasons for this, we will be working in the next few hours,” he told reporters.
Weimar said the store where the man worked had a QR system in place and had closed for cleaning.
Victoria has expanded the number of red zones in NSW, declaring all red zones in Greater Sydney and Wollongong as of 1 a.m. on Friday.
Police were stepping up patrols at the Victoria / NSW border, the government warned.
“Now is not the time for selfish behavior. Anyone who puts the health and safety of the Victorian community at risk will be held accountable by our authorities and that includes substantial fines,” Foley said.
He said the travel advice was clear – Victorians couldn’t fly in a red zone.
People from other states who have been in a red zone are also prohibited from entering Victoria.
“If you try to get into Victoria at an airport you may be fined and fired. You may indeed need to stay in hotel quarantine if there is no flight from. back to you at that point, ”he said.
“If you’re Victorian… and you’re in a red zone that’s come into effect, you can get a red zone permit, but you have to be tested and you have to quarantine for 14 days.”
Despite the last two cases, an easing of restrictions is on track for Victoria at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
As part of the changes, crowds will return to community and professional sport, there will be an increase in the number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings, and an increase in the number of patrons at venues.
However, masks should always be worn indoors.
The recommendation to wear face masks outdoors where a social distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained also applies.
Dance floors at weddings and nightclubs were another unchanged restriction, with nightclubs and karaoke rooms only being able to open for seated service.
Melburnians can return to their offices up to 75 percent of their capacity or 30 people per workplace and the spectator cap in community sports will be 1,000.
Theaters will initially open at 50% capacity, with up to 1,000 people, and this weekend crowds will be able to attend public events and outdoor stadiums with a limit of 50% or up to 25 000 people.
Another easing of restrictions was also reported for July 1, bringing Victoria back to the settings she had before the outbreak began.