Victoria’s impressive array of all new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, isolated 100 percent of the time, has been completed after a further case was announced on Wednesday.
Speech at a press conference at 11, Health Minister Martin Foley revealed that a new local case that was not included in the daily update had been out in the community while potentially contagious.
He said new infection was not yet linked to an existing outbreak and that a number of exposure sites would be identified as a result.
It was the ninth positive case confirmed on Wednesday after the health department previously reported eight infections around 6 p.m.
The ninth case served as a traffic controller at the test site in the Moonee Valley racetrack and developed symptoms Monday, was tested Tuesday, with the positive result returned Wednesday morning.
Sir. Foley said authorities believed the risk was “minimal,” but the test site had been closed as a precaution.
The positive case worked two shifts, while contagious and all staff on site during that time are sent home to isolate.
Victoria’s health chief Brett Sutton said the case illustrated that the state was not “risk-free” and pointed out how contagious the Delta tribe was.
Sir. Foley said case interviews were ongoing, determining the interaction between the positive person.
“We believe there will be minimal risk to those on site, but the site has been closed and all staff working on the same shifts have been sent to isolation,” he said.
Sir. Foley said pathologists also checked for positive cases that went through the drive through the test site while the positive case worked.
It comes as Prime Minister Daniel Andrews lifted the state’s fifth lockdown overnight.
In Victoria, the five reasons for leaving home no longer apply and the 5 km travel limit has been abolished.
But the prime minister said Victorians were not allowed to welcome visitors into their homes for at least two more weeks.
Sir. Andrews also announced that there would also still be a need for masks everywhere indoors and outdoors except private homes, and people will have to return a negative Covid test within 72 hours if they want to walk in the snow.
But in positive news for Victorian businesses, restaurants and cafes will be able to reopen for seated service.
Retail, beauty and personal care companies can reopen in accordance with the density limits of one person per. 4 sqm along with entertainment venues and communities.
Victoria has now registered 198 cases linked to the two outbreaks that crossed the border from Sydney’s deadly Delta cluster – one from a team of Sydney removers passing through the state and the other a family returning to Melbourne north from an NSW red zone.
More than 20,000 primary close contacts have been identified during the state’s recent outbreak, with at least 7,000 of them so far cleared of isolation.
No new cases were registered with returning travelers in hotel quarantine with the number of active cases in Victoria at. 205 – an increase from 198 on Monday.
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