Covid infects more Melbourne suburbs as 23,000 contacts identified

·News Reporter
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There are concerns Victoria’s Covid-19 outbreak is worsening with the virus spreading into several new Melbourne suburbs.

Victoria recorded 71 new cases of community-transmitted coronavirus on Monday with 494 active cases currently in the state.

Covid Commander Jeroen Weimar told reporters on Monday the virus had spread into different areas across Melbourne with 613 exposure sites across the state.

Covid response commander Jeroen Weimar speaks during a press in Melbourne, Australia.
Covid response commander Jeroen Weimar said Covid had spread into more Melbourne suburbs. Source: Getty Images

Mr Weimar said Covid had begun to spread into Essendon West, Camberwell, Thornbury, Fitzroy North, Maidstone and Sorrento.

“It highlights again the points we’ve been making over the past few days that we’re now seeing increasing number of suburbs, and LGAs (local government areas) where we have active coronavirus cases,” he said.

Pleasingly, there had been no new cases around the wider St Kilda cluster, but Mr Weimar said there were still “loose ends” and he encouraged residents in the area to come forward for testing if they had symptoms.

“Just because it doesn’t lead the news, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous for you in your locality,” he said.

A person cycles along St Kilda beach on August 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
A person cycles along St Kilda beach during lockdown on Saturday. Source: Getty Images

Concerns over Newport cluster

Mr Weimar also asked for “younger men” in their 20s and 30s in the Newport and Altona areas to get a Covid test. There are 10 cases associated with Newport.

“If you’re connected to the footy club, if you’re connected to the gyms, if you’re active in the community please come forward and get tested,” he said.

“We really are concerned about this ongoing emergence of cases in the Newport area.”

Health authorities have also identified 14,000 primary close contacts and 9,000 secondary close contacts, which Mr Weimar expects “will continue to evolve” over the coming days.

There are also 22 mystery cases.

“That compares to 11 mystery cases we had yesterday and 10 the day before,” Mr Weimar said on Monday.

“That’s a significant jump.”

Man admitted for surgery has Covid

Among those infected are staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital who cared for an infected Shepparton man.

It was revealed on Sunday the man was not tested before being admitted for surgery on August 12 and had been in various parts of the hospital, including the ICU and a cardiac ward.

A family member who visited a patient in the same room as the man later tested positive, alerting the hospital to the outbreak.

Hundreds of health workers at the hospital have been forced into self-isolation due to risk of exposure.

There are 10 confirmed cases linked to Royal Melbourne Hospital and another 14 cases have been added to the Shepparton outbreak, which totals 34 cases.

with AAP

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