Victoria has recorded seven new local COVID-19 cases, linked to removalists who travelled to the state from Sydney, and a family who recently returned from New South Wales.
Most of the seven new cases have been linked to the removalists who, it has now been confirmed, breached freight conditions by not wearing masks while visiting the Ariele apartment complex in Maribyrnong on July 8.
More than 130 people who live in the complex have been told their 14-day quarantine period, which they began yesterday, has been extended because of the new cases.
Cases linked to that chain of transmission are:
The AFL game between Carlton and Geelong at the MCG on July 10 has been listed as an exposure site.
Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said the man in his 60s from the Ariele apartments sat in Level 2 of the MCC Reserve, and 2,000 people were being contacted and told to isolate and get tested.
“This is clearly a very rapidly moving situation, and we are very keen to make sure we get a very firm grip on this as soon as we possibly can,” he said.
The man also visited Highpoint shopping centre on July 9, and the shopping centre has been listed a COVID-19 exposure site.
The second chain of transmission is linked to a Craigieburn family who recently returned from a New South Wales red zone.
The seventh new case is a man in his 30s who was contacted after visiting a Coles supermarket at Craigieburn Central shopping centre, and checking in via the QR code system.
The supermarket had been identified as an exposure site after being visited by one of the members of the Craigieburn family.
The seven new cases announced today will be officially reported tomorrow.
They are in addition to one new locally acquired recorded yesterday and announced in today’s numbers — the fourth member of the Craigieburn family.
There were 33,037 test results received yesterday, and 14,989 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.
One infection was detected in hotel quarantine.
‘Exceptionally frustrated’ over removalists’ information
Last night, a service station and fast food outlet at Kalkallo on the Hume Highway, north of Melbourne, were added to the list of exposure sites.
The removalists, who tested positive in New South Wales after returning from Victoria last week, stopped at the Caltex service station at Kalkallo and purchased food at the Hungry Jack’s outlet at the venue on July 8.
Mr Weimar said it had now been confirmed the removalists travelled to Victoria in two vehicles and the men were not forthcoming with information about their movements.
“Books will be thrown when it’s time, when it’s appropriate to throw them,” he said.
“I’m exceptionally frustrated at the pace and transparency of the information coming from the removalists’ exposure, that’s been a real matter of concern.”
All four of the positive cases discovered early this morning live on the building’s third floor, which is where the removalists were working.
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On Tuesday morning, the Maribyrnong residents woke to the news they would be under strict lockdown for two weeks given their exposure.
But due to the extra cases emerging at the Ariele Apartments, health officials have told residents that their quarantine period had been reset, so the 14-day period will begin again from today.
People ‘kind of ‘ doing the right thing not good enough
Mr Weimar said he understood that the removalists had not been wearing masks while working in the Ariele apartment complex, breaching the conditions they were supposed to abide by.
A member of the Craigieburn family of four that entered Victoria under a red zone permit had gone to the supermarket.
Under a red zone permit, people are required to quarantine for 14 days.
He said all Victorians needed to take heed and ensure they were complying with rules, particularly given there were thousands of people quarantining at home who entered the state from red zone areas.
“This virus jumps at a very significant speed and these leaks can be very damaging,” he said.
“We’ve all got, collectively, a fair amount of cleaning up to do around both these chains of transmission, both of which would have been generated by people thinking they were kind of doing the right thing, but actually not.”