Two new cases in Latrobe City

Gregor Mactaggart

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said Latrobe City has recorded two new cases in the 24 hours up to midnight.

The Latrobe City outbreak is now at 24 active cases, 20 of the cases are linked to known outbreaks.

“Both are known primary close contacts,” Mr Weimar said.

“It is an encouraging first day after the snap seven-day lockdown.“I’d like to thank the people of Moe, Morwell and Traralgon for getting tested. We completed 660 tests in the region yesterday.”

There are no new exposure sites associated with these cases.

CURRENT LIST OF EXPOSURE SITES IN LATROBE CITY

TIER 1

Repco, Morwell

Thursday, September 23, 8am-12.30pm

Repco, Traralgon

Monday, September 20, 7am-5.30pm

Tuesday, September 21, 7am-5.30pm

Wednesday, September 22, 7am-5.30pm

Thursday, September 23, 12pm-5.30pm

Friday, September 24, 8am-5.30pm

TIER 2

Bunnings Warehouse, Traralgon

Friday, September 24, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Woolworths, Traralgon

Saturday, September 25, 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Montague Pharmacy, Rintoull St, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 2.30pm-3pm

Kmart, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 10am-10.35am

Thursday, September 16, 2.05pm-2.20pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2.40pm-3.15pm

Coles, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 10.20am-10.45am

Thursday, September 16, 2.20pm-2.45pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2.50pm-3.20pm

Bunnings Warehouse, Morwell

Tuesday, September 21, 5.10pm-5.35pm

Tyre Service, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 9.30am-9.55am and 11.15am-11.45am

Coles, Moe

Wednesday, September 22, 6.30pm-7.05pm

Dear Delilah Florist, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 2pm-2.30pm and 4pm-4.30pm

Shell Service Station, Traralgon

Tuesday, September 21, 11.30am-12pm

Coles, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 9.30am-10am

Woolworths, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 10.10am-10.40am

Bunnings Warehouse, Traralgon

Wednesday, September 15, 5.25pm-6.50pm

Cotton On, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 9.45am-11.30am

QBD Books, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 11am-11.30am

Officeworks, Traralgon

Wednesday, September 15, 7am-8.30am

Cooinda Hill Opportunity Shop, Traralgon

Thursday, September 16, 1.30pm-2pm

Today is the second day of the seven-day snap lockdown introduced by the acting chief health officer at 11.59pm on Tuesday.

It comes as the state recorded 1438 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours until midnight, 46 of which are in regional Victoria.

Of the regional Victoria cases – 12 are in Mitchell Shire, six in Moorabool, five in Shepparton and four in Warrnambool.

Victoria has 11,018 active cases.

There were also five COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours.

A total of 34,323 vaccines were administered yesterday and just under 65,000 tests were completed.

Mr Weimar said the sharp rise in numbers was as a result of “significant gatherings” on Friday and Saturday.

“Contract tracers tell us there has been significant numbers of social gatherings such as grand final parties, barbecues and backyard visits,” he said.

“Today is a significant setback in how we manage this outbreak.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said many of the cases were “completely avoidable”.

“It is very clear these numbers go up faster because people don’t abide by the rules,” he said.

“This is frustrating, we can see to the other side now.

“I say to all Victorians, do nothing to add to the spread of the virus. I know it’s difficult. We are all craving and longing for that personal connection.

“Let all of us make the best decisions, not infect people we love.”

Mr Andrews said the state had ticked over 80 per cent first dose vaccinations.

“We are at 80.3 per cent first dose and 49.5 per cent second dose,” he said.

“There is a world of difference between 49.5 per cent and 70 per cent double dose.”

Mr Andrews also said that due to confirmed supply that the interval for Pfizer will be reduced from six weeks to three weeks from October 4.

“Over the next few weeks hopefully we will be able to bring forward the 70 per cent double dose target from October 26,” he said.

“There is a degree of confidence we will hit that target and that’s when lockdown ends.

“The sooner we can reach the target, lockdown ends and we will move into a different phase.”