Reminder to remain vigilant as school holidays begin

Victorians are being urged to remain vigilant and help stop the spread of coronavirus with 75 new cases recorded overnight on Monday, the same day mid-year school holidays kicked off.

While a few weeks ago Victoria seemed to be coming to the end of the pandemic — recording zero new cases on June 6 for the first time — cases have started rising rapidly recently, with 90 new cases recorded over the weekend.

Over the past week, numbers have risen from 1847 on June 22 to 2099 as of Monday, the majority of which have come from hotspots in Melbourne suburbs including Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Pakenham and Sunshine West.

While regional Victoria, including Central Goldfields Shire, has remained relatively free from any active cases recently, a new active case was confirmed in the Greater Bendigo region over the weekend bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the shire to nine.

With students now on school holidays, Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee regional director Michael Georgiou said many regional areas will be expecting an influx of visitors and it’s more important than ever that everyone continues to help flatten the curve.

“The recent spike in coronavirus cases has prompted fears of a second wave, but our message remains the same,” he said.

“If you go out, please continue to practice physical distancing. Wash your hands thoroughly and often, and don’t touch your face because the primary path of infection is through your mouth, nose and eyes. For the same reason, and for the safety of others, sneeze or cough into your elbow.”

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 30

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