Metro lockdown lift unlikely

Illustration of Influenza Virus H1N1. Swine Flu.

IT seems unlikely Melbourne’s lockdown will be lifted this Thursday as scheduled.
On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews implied Melbourne’s sixth lockdown would be prolonged, emphasising “the signs are not good”.
Some media reports are already citing “government sources” that claim a two-week extension was likely to be under consideration.
While new locally-acquired COVID-19 case numbers are yet to push beyond 29, Melbourne’s outbreak shows no sign of slowing, consistently recording around the 20 new case mark each day since last Tuesday.
Each day, the state also records a number of people who have not been in quarantine during their infectious period, notching up anywhere between six and 13 cases each day, also since last Tuesday.
Concerns the stage four restrictions could push into September were amplified by general non-compliance during the weekend.
The Premier slammed Melburnians who broke restrictions during Saturday and Sunday’s good weather, describing an organised pub crawl in Richmond as “an insult to everybody”, and reported Melburnians made “sneaky and illegal” visits to regional Victoria, potentially spreading the virus.
“I know it’s difficult — but so too is being on a machine to breathe,” he said.
A house party with 1000 guests invited, a stage and a DJ organised on the Mornington Peninsula was also prevented by police.
Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Greg Hinton said on Saturday, 1300 calls had been made to the Police Assistance Line regarding breaches of coronavirus restrictions across the state — a substantial increase when compared with previous days.
“We’re as strong as our weakest point when it comes to this virus and that’s why everyone needs to do the right thing,” Mr Andrews said.
“What I’m trying to achieve is being open between some of the time between now and when we get to 80 per cent [of the population vaccinated].
“Not locked down, like New South Wales are going to be, for months and months and months.”
While there are currently no positive cases detected in east Gippsland, viral fragments were recently detected in local wastewater in the Lakes Entrance area.
The positive sample was taken between August 8 and 11.
The Lakes Entrance catchment includes Lakes Entrance, Lake Bunga, Kalimna, Lake Tyres and the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust.
Anyone who lives, works or has visited those areas in Lakes Entrance from August 8 to 11 has been urged by Gippsland Region Public Health Unit to watch for the slightest symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.
Shepparton also recorded a positive wastewater sample between August 9 and 11.
At the time the Gippsland Times went to print on Monday morning, there were 205 active cases of COVID-19 across Victoria, more than 530 known exposure sites and about 13,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.
All of the exposure sites remain within the greater Melbourne foot- print, other than a Coles Supermarket and an automotive business in Bacchus Marsh.

Victoria’s new case stats

Wednesday, August 4: Zero new cases.
Thursday, August 5: Six new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. Three were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Friday, August 6: Six new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. None were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Saturday, August 7: 29 new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. None were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Sunday, August 8: 11 new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. None were in quarantine throughout their infectious period
Monday, August 9: 11 new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. Ten were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Tuesday, August 10: 20 new locally-acquired cases, all linked to existing cases. Fifteen cases were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Wednesday, August 11: 20 new locally-acquired cases, 15 linked to existing cases, five under investigation. Six cases were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Thursday, August 12: 21 new locally-acquired cases, 18 linked to existing cases, three under investigation. Six were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period. The state also recorded two positive interstate cases who arrived on a flight from Sydney.
Friday, August 13: 15 new locally-acquired cases, 11 linked to existing cases, four under investigation. Seven were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Saturday, August 14: 21 new locally-acquired cases, all are linked to existing cases. Ten  cases were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Sunday, August 15: 25 new locally-acquired cases, 21 linked to existing cases, four under investigation. Thirteen cases were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
Monday, August 16: 22 new locally-acquired cases, 17 linked to existing cases, five under investigation. Eight were not in quarantine throughout their infectious period.