Melbourne fruit market is added to list of growing Covid exposure sites

A Melbourne fruit market has been added to Victoria’s growing list of coronavirus exposure sites – plunging all customers into 14-day isolation.

A Covid-infected buyer attended Sacca’s Fruit World at Broadmeadows Central in Melbourne’s north between 12.30pm and 1pm on Tuesday February 9.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recognized the venue as a Tier 1 exposure web site – which means all customers who have been there over the identical time-frame should quarantine at house.

‘Anyone who visited right here throughout these instances should isolate, take a look at and stay remoted for 14 days,’ DHHS mentioned. 

Health authorities have additionally recognized the recent fruit and meat part to the west facet of Broadmeadows Central as a Tier 3 exposure web site. 

Shoppers who visited that part of the centre between 12.15pm and 1.15pm on February 9 ought to monitor for signs.

Police patrol Bourke St in Melbourne's CBD on Monday as cafes and retail shops are forced shut

Police patrol Bourke St in Melbourne’s CBD on Monday as cafes and retail retailers are pressured shut

The newest Covid exposure sites comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and ABC host Leigh Sales clashed over his five-day statewide lockdown – as only one new domestically acquired case of Covid-19 was reported on Monday. 

In a heated press convention, Mr Andrews was pressured to defend plunging 6.4million Victorian residents into lockdown once more after being bombarded with questions from the 7:30 host, who had earlier been refused an interview with the premier. 

Ms Sales grilled Mr Andrews on why the lockdown had been initiated with low case numbers and regardless of the federal government saying they’d confidence of their resort quarantine programs and call tracing. 

‘Are you going to go right into a five-day lockdown each time you could have two or three new instances on a regular basis?,’ Ms Sales requested.  

‘If you could have confidence within the system, which your individual bureaucrat simply defined frankly is working fairly effectively, why did you lockdown?’

Recent five-day lockdowns in Western Australia and Queensland have been solely contained to particular areas not your complete state, as is the case in Victoria. 

ABC 7:30 host Leigh Sales (pictured) grilled Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews about Victoria's five-day lockdown at a heated press conference on Monday

ABC 7:30 host Leigh Sales (pictured) grilled Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews about Victoria’s five-day lockdown at a heated press convention on Monday 

Ms Sales took to Twitter to say Mr Andrews had refused an interview with her 7:30 program, so attending his press conference was the 'next best option'

Ms Sales took to Twitter to say Mr Andrews had refused an interview together with her 7:30 program, so attending his press convention was the ‘subsequent best choice’

Ms Sales continued to press Mr Andrews on why Victoria had entered lockdown if contact tracing programs are up to customary, as the federal government has claimed.  

‘What I’m making an attempt to get to is, lockdown imposes an actual value and Victorians have already paid a giant worth for lockdown. Cases are literally very effectively traced, so why the lockdown?,’ she mentioned.

Ms Sales mentioned current instances had been ‘contacts of contacts’ who had been simply recognized and demanded to know ‘What’s the circuit that you just’re breaking since you’re personal professional simply made it clear what a great job is being achieved in phrases of containment and tracing?’. 

Mr Andrews mentioned Ms Sales had made ‘a quantity of assertions’ there weren’t correct and argued the choice to go into lockdown was primarily based on the general public well being recommendation he had been given – which he couldn’t ignore.  

‘I’m greater than assured within the staff now we have and within the Victorian group that they will get by this,’ Mr Andrews mentioned.

LEIGH SALES v DAN ANDREWS

Sales: Premier, what do you say at this time to Victorians who… may be asking how is it the case that the federal government nonetheless lacks such confidence within the resort quarantine programs and call tracing that you just presently cannot handle two to three instances of Covid a day in a inhabitants of about 6.3million individuals

Andrews: You’ve made a quantity of assertions there

Sales: They’re all information really

Andrews: No they don’t seem to be. You’ve simply put it to me there is a lack of confidence. I’m greater than assured within the staff now we have and within the Victorian group that they will get by this. So with the best of respect, you could have put a quantity of issues to me that aren’t correct

Sales: If you could have confidence within the system, which your individual bureaucrat simply defined frankly is working fairly effectively, why did you lockdown? 

Andrews: Because the general public well being recommendation to me is given the velocity at which this strikes, given the idea that has to information the choice making, a lot as it might have I’m certain guided resolution making to shut the Northern Beaches in Sydney, or Perth or Brisbane or Adelaide, the place there’s been related points popping out of resort quarantine, the general public well being recommendation notably with this UK pressure…  shut contacts have been contaminated by the point we grew to become conscious of the first case. That is the definition of one thing shifting quick. 

Sales: But the info premier that we have been simply supplied with exhibits they’re contacts of contacts, they have been rather well recognized

Andrews: Not all of them, some of them have come into scope

Sales: They’ve been effectively recognized. It’s a small quantity of instances. That all means that the system is really working fairly effectively to comprise it, so why the necessity for lockdown?

Andrews: Well that is a really completely different query to the one you requested at first the place you contended there all types of confidence points

Sales: You mentioned on the weekend the lockdown was wanted as a result of contact tracers couldn’t sustain with the unfold of the UK variant which might suggest you lack confidence

Andrews: It is not what it implies in any respect. What it implies and what it states is that this factor is shifting actually quick. They should not be taken as a criticism of hundreds of people who find themselves working evening and day and are pulling this up. I suppose, I’ll put it to you this manner, Leigh, if you happen to’re placing it to me I ought to ignore the recommendation offered by the Chief Health Officer, effectively, I cannot do this. Just like I’m certain each different Premier who throughout the nation has had to go to these quick, sharp measures. They did not ignore the recommendation of their public well being staff, nor has Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand ignored the recommendation of her public well being staff. I actually would not assume you’ll need a state of affairs the place for the sake being standard and avoiding the actual challenges which might be confronted by making these types of selections, you ignore that recommendation, solely to be again right here in a fortnight answering an entire lot of completely different questions on why I ignored recommendation. I simply do not do this.

Sales: What’s the circuit that you just’re breaking since you’re personal professional simply made it clear what a great job is being achieved in phrases of containment and tracing

Andrews: That line of questioning follows that it might be higher if there was a heap extra instances. It does not makes a lot sense to me. This is a transparent level and I made it actually hundreds of instances. You have to assume, identical to epidemiologists, public well being specialists and political leaders throughout the globe, you could have to assume there are extra instances on the market then you recognize about as a result of if you happen to assume in any other case, and you might be confirmed fallacious, then there is no going again. There is no do over, you do not get to go effectively, I simply get to rewind these few weeks and make the choice that the officers instructed me to make, that I refuse to make 

Sales: So are you going to go right into a five-day lockdown each time you could have two or three new instances on a regular basis? 

Andrews: We will take a look at each optimistic case on its deserves. But we’ll at all times work as arduous as we are able to to keep away from having any statewide measures or any further guidelines

Sales: This is going to be arduous information for Victorians to take, that two to three instances a day and the system won’t have the ability to deal with it, that is on the desk there may be a five-day lockdown each time there’s two or three instances

Andrews: I feel it is essential to acknowledge that if you use phrases just like the system it might not be in a position to deal with it. This is not the 2020 virus. This is a really completely different virus. If you need to take a look at programs that may’t deal with issues, effectively take a look at Europe, take a look at so many elements of the world they’re coping with what occurs when this UK pressure runs wild. There is no pulling it up. We have seen some encouraging bulletins in a single day from the Commonwealth authorities in relation to the vaccine rollout. We look ahead to enjoying our half in that, nonetheless we can assist, we’re there to do the perfect we probably can. When you might be so shut to having frontline staff and notably susceptible Victorians, getting that jab, now we have bought to maintain these settings and defend what now we have stuffed and that is precisely what now we have achieved primarily based on recommendation and much from I feel being criticised for having adopted recommendation and having low case numbers as a result of persons are working their guts out and doing an excellent job, I feel that is a far preferable consequence than having extra instances, you at all times need much less

Sales: If snap lockdowns proceed to be a device for a small quantity of instances, how can Victorian companies make any common plans? 

Andrews: I feel it is simply fallacious to say they’re a device for a small quantity of instances as such. I’ve additionally made the case that it is on its deserves. Anyway, I’m placing it to you that we are going to at all times reserve the suitable to take a look at particular person instances and observe the recommendation that given to us. And I simply do not assume you need, you would not need it another method, as a result of the notion, allow us to make simply return to first intervals right here, would you actually need me to be purchasing round for the most effective recommendation? The most politically standard recommendation? Would you actually need me to say gee, that will probably be extremely arduous to cease I’m not doubting for a second how arduous it is

Sales: What I’m making an attempt to get to is, lockdown imposes an actual value and Victorians have already paid a giant worth for lockdown. Cases are literally very effectively traced, so why the lockdown? 

Andrews: We have gone by {that a} quantity of instances. We went out on Friday. Again, the kinds of instances, this UK pressure, the truth that regardless of the wonderful efforts of all of our contact traces and testers and lab staff and the work of so many real hard-working Victorians, we had a state of affairs the place similtaneously we have gotten conscious of the first case, they’ve already contaminated the shut contact, that is not one thing we have seen earlier than. The velocity at which this has moved noticed our public well being staff make the very troublesome selections primarily based on the most effective of science and the most effective understanding you possibly can probably have on any outbreak, that this was a troublesome however proportionate and essential factor to do. And look, if on the finish of this, the view of you or others was that this was an excessive amount of, effectively, you are free to type these views. What I’m not free to do is to ever ignore recommendation and have a state of affairs the place I store round for no matter will probably be hottest, solely then to be confirmed fallacious and to haven’t one or two instances, however one thing a lot worse than that, and notably on the cusp of the vaccine being rolled out. I do know and recognize very effectively what Victorians have been in a position to obtain. There is no different jurisdiction on the planet that has been in a position to obtain what we achieved, it is a credit score to the character, compassion and absolutely the dedication of the Victorian group. We know what to do and I’m grateful that we all know that that is precisely what Victorians are doing, coming ahead to getting examined, coming ahead and listening to the recommendation and following the foundations, and in addition when they’re requested to make that extremely troublesome, the difficult factor to do, to keep at house for 14 days on the prospect that you’ll have it, to do this at such excessive ranges, it is a credit score to each single Victorian

‘The velocity at which this has moved noticed our public well being staff make the very troublesome selections primarily based on the most effective of science and the most effective understanding you possibly can probably have on any outbreak, that this was a troublesome however proportionate and essential factor to do.

‘What I’m not free to do is to ever ignore recommendation and have a state of affairs the place I store round for no matter will probably be hottest, solely then to be confirmed fallacious and to haven’t one or two instances, however one thing a lot worse than that.’ 

Ms Sales took to Twitter to reveal she had gone to the press convention after Mr Andrews declined a request to be interviewed on 7:30.     

‘A number of individuals on right here observed I used to be at Dan Andrews’ presser. FYI I’m solely in Melbourne as a result of I got here for a good friend’s bday and bought caught in lockdown. I did not come right here only for DA presser. 7:30 had an interview bid in for at this time he mentioned no – attending presser subsequent best choice,’ Ms Sales tweeted.  

The alternate got here as Mr Andrews refused to rule out whether or not the lockdown will finish on Wednesday.  

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) defended plunging the entire state into a snap five-day lockdown, as one new locally acquired case of Covid-19 was recorded on Monday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) defended plunging your complete state right into a snap five-day lockdown, as one new domestically acquired case of Covid-19 was recorded on Monday

Melburnians line up to be tested for Covid 19 in Melbourne on Monday amid Victoria's five-day lockdown

Melburnians line up to be examined for Covid 19 in Melbourne on Monday amid Victoria’s five-day lockdown

‘I’m not ready to have the ability to verify that however I can say that thanks to the arduous work of these Victorians who’re coming ahead and getting examined,’ he mentioned. 

‘I feel we’re effectively positioned. However, I’ve by no means been one to attempt to make daring predictions.’

The new domestically acquired case on Monday is a lady who attended a household perform in Coburg, Melbourne’s north, with a COVID-infected resort quarantine employee on February 6.

The girl is asymptomatic and was examined 4 instances on the weekend, returning each unfavourable and ‘weak optimistic’ outcomes.

‘Given her exposure and the variability of these outcomes, the general public well being staff have taken essentially the most conservative method and have deemed her a optimistic case,’ Mr Andrews mentioned.

He mentioned the girl labored in a psychiatric unit on the Alfred Hospital and on psychiatric wards on the Northern Hospital in Broadmeadows, which is run by Royal Melbourne Hospital.

There were large queues for Covid-19 testing sites in Melbourne on Monday. More than 25,000 tests were processed in the 24 hours to midnight on Sunday

There have been massive queues for Covid-19 testing sites in Melbourne on Monday. More than 25,000 assessments have been processed within the 24 hours to midnight on Sunday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) said: 'We will look at every positive case on its merits. But we will always work as hard as we can to avoid having any statewide measures or any extra rules'

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) mentioned: ‘We will take a look at each optimistic case on its deserves. But we’ll at all times work as arduous as we are able to to keep away from having any statewide measures or any further guidelines’

Some 17 people linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn have tested positive for Covid-19

Some 17 individuals linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn have examined optimistic for Covid-19

LATEST COVID EXPOSURE SITES:

Authorities recognized new Victorian exposure sites on Sunday: 

Queen Victoria Market: Fruit and vegetable part, feminine bathrooms in part two, 8.25 to 10.10am on 11/2/2021

No.58 Yarra Tram:  From Bourke Street / William Street cease at 8.10am to Queen Victoria / Peel Street cease simply earlier than 8.30am, 11/2/2021

No. 58 tram: Queen Victoria Market at 9.40am to the Bourke Street / William Street cease at 9.55am, 11/2/2021

No.11 tram: Harbour Esplanade / Collins Street cease to the William Street / Collins Street cease between 7.55 and eight.10am, 11/2/2021

Broadmeadows: Woolworths, Broadmeadows Central, 12.15pm to 12.30pm on 9/2/2021

Broadmeadows: Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, 12.30pm to 12.45pm on 9/2/2021  

Pascoe Vale: Elite Swimming Pascoe Vale, from 5pm to 6pm on 8/2/2021

Pascoe Vale:  Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre, from 4pm to 7.30pm 10/2/2021

Affected sites are continually altering: for a full list of present affected sites see Victoria’s Department of Health and Human  Services website here. 

‘Those providers have had these wards locked down. Staff, all those who she might have are available in contact with, they’re all isolating and have been examined,’ Mr Andrews mentioned.  

‘This has been a really speedy response and one which is full of an abundance of warning however that is precisely the method that we ought to take.’

Victoria’s COVID-19 Testing Commander Jereon Weimar mentioned 150 main shut contacts throughout the 2 hospitals have been recognized.

‘The majority are employees at these amenities, a really small quantity of sufferers,’ he mentioned. 

The girl is the mom of a three-year-old who examined optimistic to the virus on Sunday.

Mr Weirmar mentioned the kid attended Glenroy Central Kinder and Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Glenroy over three days final week. About 101 main shut contacts have been recognized.

The girl and youngster, in addition to one other girl aged in her 50s, contracted the virus after attending a household perform on Sydney Road in Coburg on February 6.

The perform was attended by 38 individuals together with a employee from the Holiday Inn quarantine resort at Melbourne Airport, who had returned a unfavourable take a look at outcome on February 7.

The venue was not listed as an exposure web site till February 12, two days after the resort quarantine employee ultimately examined optimistic.

A overview of the employee’s February 7 take a look at outcome discovered it was a ‘false unfavourable’.

Some 17 individuals linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn have examined optimistic for Covid-19.        

The information comes as Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market and three standard tram routes throughout town’s CBD have been placed on excessive alert after being uncovered to optimistic Covid-19 instances.

Four new areas have been added by Victorian well being authorities on Sunday night after the state recorded two new native coronavirus instances that day.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services mentioned an infectious particular person caught a tram to the market on Thursday, February 11. 

Melbourne's popular Queen Victoria Market fruit and vegetable section has been named as a new exposure spot on Thursday February 11 from 8.25am to 10.10am along with the women's toilets in section two

Melbourne’s standard Queen Victoria Market fruit and vegetable part has been named as a brand new exposure spot on Thursday February 11 from 8.25am to 10.10am together with the ladies’s bathrooms in part two

A Melbourne man outside Flinders Street Station on Sunday during Victoria's five-day lockdown

A Melbourne man exterior Flinders Street Station on Sunday throughout Victoria’s five-day lockdown

A picture of Melbourne's eerily empty streets on Sunday, with the city and the rest of Victoria under lockdown again for five days

An image of Melbourne’s eerily empty streets on Sunday, with town and the remainder of Victoria beneath lockdown once more for 5 days

The particular person caught the No.11 tram from Harbour Esplanade/Collins St at 7.55am to the William/Collins St cease at 8.10am, making it the primary new exposure web site.

They then caught the No. 58 Yarra Tram from the Bourke/William St cease at 8.10am to the Queen Victoria/Peel St cease simply earlier than 8.25am.

They went into the Queen Victoria Market fruit and vegetable part and the ladies’s bathrooms in part two, making it an exposure web site from 8.25am to 10.10am.

The particular person then caught the No.58 Yarra tram again from the Queen Victoria Market at 9.40am to the Bourke/William St cease at 9.55am making it the fourth exposure web site. 

Anyone at these areas similtaneously the optimistic Covid-19 case should instantly isolate for 14 days and get examined. 

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley mentioned contact tracers had diminished the quantity of main shut contacts from the Holiday Inn cluster down from 996 to 940.

Of almost 1000 shut contacts, 129 are direct household relations of those that examined optimistic from the Holiday Inn exposure.

NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR VICTORIA FROM 11.59PM ON FRIDAY FEB 12

From Friday February 12 at 11.59pm, new guidelines apply to Victoria for 5 days till 11.59pm on Wednesday February 17 due to a worrying new outbreak of the UK mutant pressure of Covid-19.

  • Stage Four lockdown for your complete state
  • Only 4 important causes to go away the home – important purchasing, important work/schooling, care-giving or two hours of train per day
  • All residents should keep inside 5km of their house aside from important work or shopper
  • Outdoor train should be along with your family, intimate accomplice or one different particular person not out of your family 
  • Mandatory masks in all places besides your house
  • No guests to anybody’s house
  • All non-essential retailers will probably be closed 
  • Public gatherings banned
  • Work from house
  • Schools closed aside from susceptible kids
  • Places of worship closed
  • Weddings banned 
  • Funerals capped at 10 individuals 
  • Community areas together with swimming swimming pools and libraries closed 

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