Coronavirus Victoria: Cases remain in double digits with second day of zero deaths

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases remain in the double digits as the state struggles to suppress the stubborn tail end of the second wave.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced 11 new cases on Friday, the same daily total recorded on Thursday.

For the second consecutive day, there were zero deaths in Victoria – the first time that has happened since July 10.

The state’s death toll remains at 809, with seven deaths over the last seven days.

A healthcare worker is seen at work at a pop-up Covid testing centre at the Kilmore Memorial Hall in Kilmore, Victoria. Source: AAP
A healthcare worker is seen at work at a pop-up Covid testing centre at the Kilmore Memorial Hall in Kilmore, Victoria. Source: AAP

The 14-day rolling average for metropolitan Melbourne has dropped to 9.4 while mystery cases have also fallen to 12 from 14 the previous day.

On Thursday, Premier Daniel Andrews said there will be “some changes” come October 19, regardless of whether the trigger points for Step Three of the roadmap are met.

The roadmap indicates metropolitan Melbourne needs a 14-day rolling average of less than five while there needs to be less than five mystery cases four 14 days.

Authorities tackle clusters

Meanwhile, a hospital in Melbourne's east is again at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Victorian health department has confirmed one of the state's latest 11 cases was linked to Box Hill Hospital.

The cluster has grown to include two staff members and one patient. The facility was the site of an outbreak in mid-July.

An investigation has been launched and contact tracers deployed to contain the cluster.

It comes as authorities tackle a much larger outbreak linked to the Butcher Club at Chadstone Shopping Centre, which has infected 31 people and spread to Frankston in the southeast and Kilmore in the north.

The Kilmore cluster began when a person infected with COVID-19 linked to the Chadstone outbreak dined at the town's Oddfellows Cafe, in a breach of restrictions, on September 30.

More than 200 people who visited the cafe between September 30 and October 3 are self-isolating after a staff member contracted the virus.

Nearly 500 people have been tested in Kilmore since Tuesday, with an additional positive case linked to the cafe announced on Thursday.

In a post on The Oddfellows Cafe's Facebook page, the business confirmed a second staff member had tested positive along with a confirmed case of a family member.

with AAP

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