Victoria has recorded a new locally acquired Covid-19 case just one day after Melbourne emerged from a two-week lockdown.
Victoria authorities say investigations into the source of the acquisition are underway and will provide more details later on Saturday.
On Friday, authorities confirmed there were no new local cases in the state and only one new hotel quarantine case, marking the first day without a local Covid-19 case since May 24, when a family tested positive for the virus and finished. the state’s 86-day streak with no community broadcast.
Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said on Friday that testing levels should be higher.
“If you live in the Craigieburn area and have not been tested … please go out and get tested today,” he told reporters Friday.
The latest outbreak swept through the local government area of Whittlesea, north of the city, and the coastal suburb of Port Melbourne, forcing Melbourne into a two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown, which ended on Friday.
Separately, a West Melbourne family became infected with the highly infectious Delta strain and that too became a group during the shutdown.
Under the new restrictions for Melbourne, masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors and people must stay within 25 km of their homes unless they work or study, care for or receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The home gathering ban remains in effect, but up to 10 people can meet outdoors, students can return to schools, retail stores can reopen, and hospitality venues can resume seated service.
Professor Sutton defended the outdoor mask wearing rules at Friday’s press conference, saying it was a “really important intervention” to reduce the risk of transmission.
“The rose garden outside the White House is a classic example of a super spread event that happened outdoors, so it should not be dismissed as a broadcast opportunity,” he said.
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