Victoria records worrying spike in Covid cases during lockdown

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Victoria recorded 29 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases as the state races to control the highly contagious Delta variant.

Health authorities said on Saturday morning all new cases in the past 24 hours until midnight were linked to previously reported infections, but they were not in quarantine during their infectious periods.

There were more than 43,000 tests and 22,335 vaccinations administered across the state in the same period.

Victoria this week went from zero new cases to another lockdown in just over a day after a teacher and her husband tested positive.

A general view of downtown Melbourne on August 6, 2021, amid a sixth lockdown for the city in efforts to bring the Delta outbreak to heel. (Photo by Con Chronis / AFP) (Photo by CON CHRONIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Victoria recorded 29 new cases of Covid-19. Source Getty Images

Victoria entered its sixth lockdown on Thursday

Victoria’s sixth lockdown — which will go for at least seven days — began at 8pm on Thursday, after eight new cases were recorded.

It comes just weeks after the state's fifth lockdown ended at the end July.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the decision to lock down was "incredibly painful" but there was no alternative.

"The alternative is not to be locked down for seven days, it's being locked down for seven weeks or more, locked down until we get to 80 per cent vaccination and that may not happen until Christmas time," he said.

The spike in case numbers comes the day after Victoria recorded six new Covid-19 cases on Friday.

New exposure sites listed

More than 75 exposure sites were listed on Friday, with Victorians told to brace themselves for an influx of sites to be listed.

Covid-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar warned Victorians on Friday the number of exposure sites would continue to grow.

"We'll see exposure sites start to spread across wider parts of the city and potentially regional Victoria," he said.

Anyone who attended Tier 1 venues at the times listed must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Braybrook: One Stop WorkWear, Saturday, July 31 from 10:00am - 11:30am

  • Braybrook/West Footscray: EcoLaundry Room in Central West Shopping Centre, Tuesday, August 3 from 5:55pm - 7:00pm

  • Derrimut: National Auto Glass Supplies, Wednesday, 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 of July and Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3 of August between 7:00am - 3:45pm

  • Maribyrnong Highpoint Shopping Centre, Bad Workwear on Saturday, July 31 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

  • Maribyrnong Highpoint Shopping Centre, Lowes on Saturday, July 31 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Altona Nth: Bayfit Leisure Centre, for anyone who entered the 25m swimming pool on Monday, August 2 from 8:55 -10:15am

Anyone who attended Tier 2 venues at the times listed must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Braybrook: Metro Petroleum petrol station, on Sunday, August 1 from 5:00pm - 5:40pm

  • Braybrook/West Footscray: ALDI in Central West Shopping Centre, Saturday, August 1 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm and Tuesday, August 3 from 5:30pm - 6:20pm

  • Footscray: Kmart, 51 Paisley St, Sunday, August 1 from 10:30am - 12:00pm

  • Maribyrnong: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 3 Food Court on Saturday, July 31 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm

  • Maribyrnong: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 2 on Saturday, July 31 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries, 34A Mason St on Wednesday, July 28 from 8:10am - 8:45am

  • Werribee: Heathdale Christian College (Werribee Campus), Tuesday, August 3; Wednesday, August 4; Thursday, August 5 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

  • Hoppers Crossing: Warringa Park School (Warringa Cresent Campus), Tuesday, August 3; Wednesday, August; Thursday, August 5 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

  • Altona Nth: Bayfit Leisure Centre, 257 Mason St on Monday, August 2 from 8:54am - 10:30am

For a full list of exposure sites, visit the health department website.

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