COVID-19 cases continue to surge in metro areas

COVID-19 cases in Victoria have continued to surge, with another record number of cases recorded overnight this week as the State Government revealed over 50 percent of people are not self isolating while waiting for test results.

As of Thursday morning there were 403 new cases, bringing Victoria’s total number of cases to 7125, 3630 of which are active.

Five people aged between 50 and 90 passed away from the virus overnight, bringing the number of deaths in the state from the virus to 49.

The new figures come after a record high of overnight cases was recorded on Wednesday, with 484 cases confirmed by Premier Daniel Andrews that morning.

Mr Andrews also revealed on Wednesday that of the 3810 cases recorded between July 7 and 21, nearly 90 percent did not isolate in the period between the development of symptoms and getting tested.

Fifty three percent of those cases did not isolate in the time between being tested and receiving their positive result.

“The one and only thing you can and must do when you feel sick, is to go and get tested. Nothing else is acceptable. If people don’t do that, we’ll continue to see numbers increase,” Mr Andrews said on Wednesday.

“Every person who gets tested is provided with very clear instructions about staying at home until those results come through.”

At the start of June cases in the state were trending downwards, with zero cases recorded overnight on both June 6 — for the first time since restrictions were introduced in March — and June 9.

However by the end of the month figures were once again ramping up. Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire (which borders Greater Bendigo) are currently in stage three restrictions which were reintroduced on July 9 as the majority of new cases came from those areas.

It is now mandatory for residents in those areas to wear face masks when leaving home or face a $200 fine.

While masks are not mandatory in regional Victoria, residents are still encouraged to wear masks when a 1.5 metre distance between themselves and others can’t be maintained such as in supermarkets or on public transport.

Central Goldfields has only had one case of the virus, recorded on April 2, and Pyrenees (zero cases), Mount Alexander (6) and Hepburn (2) shires remain free of active cases.

The Loddon Shire has had four cases, one of which is currently active.

Ballarat has seen a rise in cases over the past week with a total of 23 cases, 11 of which are active.

Greater Bendigo has 17 cases, two of which are active.

Restrictions have remained the same in regional Victoria since June. Current restrictions for those outside of metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire include:

Social Gatherings

You can only have up to five visitors in your home at any one time, in addition to the normal residents of the household.

A gathering of up to 10 people is allowed in public places.

Travel

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you are able to travel and stay in a holiday home, private residence or tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, located in another non- restricted area. There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel.

However, you cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire unless it is for shopping for essentials like food, care or caregiving, or work or study that cannot be done from home.

Hospitality

Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses may resume dine-in services with up to 20 seated patrons per enclosed space — one customer per four square metres is allowed.

Cafes, pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs can provide alcohol without a meal when seated.

Places of Worship

Places of worship can open for private worship or small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in each separate area.

Up to 20 people, in addition to the celebrant and couple getting married, can attend a wedding.

Up to 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the person leading the funeral and other funeral staff.

Sport

Indoor sport and recreation activities and playcentres can open with a maximum of 20 people per space, and with up to 10 people per group class. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open to a maximum of 20 patrons.

Non-contact competitions are allowed for all ages while contact sport training and competition are allowed for people 18 years old or younger.

Residents experiencing fever, cough, sore throat or other respiratory symptoms, even if mild, must get tested.

Maryborough District Health Service’s Fever Clinic provides COVID-19 tests by appointment only, which can be made by calling 5461-0362.

For information about coronavirus visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.

 

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