World News – AU – Boxing Day sale link on new coronavirus cases in Melbourne

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Victoria’s Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan and Health Secretary Martin Foley will be giving a COVID-19 update at 10:15 a.m. AEDT

Health officials expect more COVID cases to emerge in Melbourne after it became known that at least one of the three new cases identified yesterday visited a mall on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Dozens of close contacts are isolating themselves in suburban Melbourne after being linked to the three new cases that ended Victoria’s 61-day run of zero locally acquired cases yesterday.

The cases in the Mentone, Hallam and Mitcham suburbs are believed to be related to the Sydney outbreak and did not involve anyone in hotel quarantine.

This includes two women aged 40 and one woman aged 70 who are now self-isolating at home.

Contact tracers are working to identify people associated with the women and have already identified 40 people who have now been told to self-isolate.

A number of key retail stores in Fountain Gate Shopping Center in southeast Melbourne on the morning of Boxing Day have been included in the exposure sites associated with the cases.

The Department of Health and Human Services has so far confirmed five exposure sites related to the new cases, and it was likely that contact tracers would identify more exposure sites.

Anyone who has visited the locations during the times indicated will be instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms occur.

Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said health officials were supportive of the three women.

« Extensive contact tracing is ongoing. As a result, more than 40 primary close contacts are currently supported to ensure immediate isolation, « he said.

The three new cases bring the total number of active cases in Victoria to 10, including those previously identified in hotel quarantine.

The Victorian government last night added further restrictions on people traveling to Victoria from Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.

The government said travelers who moved to either region from Jan.. Visited December had until midnight on New Year’s Eve to travel to Victoria.

Travelers would have to apply for a new permit, be tested within 24 hours of returning to Victoria, and quarantined at home for 14 days after leaving the Wollongong or Blue Mountains area.

Travelers from these regions could from 1. The government said they could no longer enter Victoria on January 1st.

The Victorian government is also asking anyone in Victoria who has been living since Jan.. December in Wollongong or the Blue Mountains is to get tested and stay home until you get your result.

Victoria has already closed its border to travelers from the northern beaches of Sydney, Greater Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.

The Victorian government said the new restrictions were in place in response to 18 new cases of COVID-19 in NSW, including six from a new cluster in Sydney’s inner west.

Police arrested a woman from a red zone in New South Wales on Wednesday morning who allegedly tried to evade police at a COVID-19 checkpoint in East Gippsland.

The 57-year-old woman reportedly sped through Chandlers Creek checkpoint in a station wagon at 4:00 a.m..

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In a statement, Victoria Police said officials initially pursued the woman but stopped because of the risk to the community.

She was discovered by an off duty police offer near Nhill at 5:00 p.m., allegedly en route to South Australia.

Police said officers used a tire inflator to stop the woman’s car on the Western Highway and that she was arrested without incident.

The woman was taken to a quarantine hotel by DHHS and will be interviewed after her 14-day quarantine.

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Victoria, Coronavirus, New South Wales, Melbourne, Australia

World news – AU – Boxing Day sales link on new coronavirus cases in Melbourne

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