The Melbourne truck driver responsible for outbreaks in regional Victorian towns is feeling guilty after passing Covid-19 on to his elderly father.
A source close to the truck driver revealed to the Herald Sun he was feeling “so much guilt” for passing on the virus to his “vulnerable” father, who is believed to now be in a stable condition.
The Herald Sun also revealed the driver is now quarantining with his partner and son, who also have the virus.
Initially, the unnamed driver did not disclose to contact tracers he had stopped off in Shepparton until three people tested positive on Tuesday.
The man, who was infected as part of the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak, visited both Kilmore and Shepparton, north of Melbourne, while infectious on September 30.
Dining in a cafe in Kilmore, and breaching coronavirus restrictions by doing so, the driver infected five people.
The truck driver did have a worker’s permit to enter regional Victoria as the state battled to suppress Covid infections and hadn’t been told to self-isolate.
After the cases were identified in Shepparton, health authorities and the state’s premier Daniel Andrews encouraged residents to get tested.
Truck driver referred to the police
On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have reported the truck driver’s matter to Victoria Police to assess whether any criminal offences were committed.
On Wednesday, during the daily Covid briefing, Mr Andrews said the Department of Health and Human Services compliance unit was examining the truck driver’s matter and there was a chance his case would be referred to the police.
"You don't get in trouble if you tell the full story, I want to make that clear to people. You potentially do get into trouble if you don't," he said on Wednesday.
"By trouble, I am not just talking about a fine but there are infections in Shepparton today that we know of and there is almost certainly going to be more that were all completely preventable if this individual had told the full story."
Huge queues in Shepparton for Covid testing
Shepparton saw “chaotic” scenes on Wednesday, as people lined up for hours to get a Covid test, at pop-up testing clinics.
A Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesperson said testing clinics would stay open until 7pm Wednesday evening.
Another testing site, a drive-through at Shepparton Sports Precinct, will open from 10am on Thursday and operating hours have been extended until 8pm for the Shepparton Respiratory Clinic.
“There have been delays there today because of the overwhelming demand. People have heeded a call to action to get tested,” the spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia on Wednesday night.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has "no doubt" the Shepparton community will get on top of the outbreak.
On Thursday, there were six cases of Covid in Victoria and zero deaths.
The 14-day rolling average for metropolitan Melbourne has fallen to 8.9, the lowest since the second wave’s peak.
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