Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market and several popular tram routes added to Covid hotspot list

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and ABC host Leigh Sales have engaged in a fiery alternate over the state’s snap five-day lockdown as only one new domestically acquired case of Covid-19 was reported. 

In a heated press convention on Monday morning, Mr Andrews was compelled to defend plunging 6.4million Victorian residents into lockdown once more after being bombarded with questions from the 7:30 host. 

Ms Sales quizzed Mr Andrews on why the lockdown had been initiated if the federal government had confidence in its resort quarantine techniques and contact tracing.  

‘What I’m attempting to get to is, lockdown imposes an actual price and Victorians have already paid a giant value for lockdown. Cases are literally very effectively traced, so why the lockdown?,’ Ms Sales requested. 

Mr Andrews stated Ms Sales had made ‘quite a lot of assertions’ and argued lockdown was primarily based on the general public well being recommendation he had been given.  

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

Recent five-day lockdowns in Western Australia and Queensland had been solely contained to particular areas not your entire state. 

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

‘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 stated.

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

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

SALES v ANDREWS

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

Andrews: You’ve made quite a lot of assertions there

Sales: They’re all info truly

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

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

The new domestically acquired case on Monday is a lady who attended a household perform with a COVID-infected resort quarantine employee on February 6.

The lady is asymptomatic and was examined 4 occasions on the weekend, returning each damaging and ‘weak optimistic’ outcomes.

‘Given her publicity and the variability of these outcomes, the general public well being group have taken probably the most conservative strategy and have deemed her a optimistic case,’ Mr Andrews stated.

He stated 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.

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

‘This has been a really fast response and one that’s full of an abundance of warning however that’s precisely the strategy that we ought to take.’

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

‘The majority are employees at these services, a really small variety of sufferers,’ he stated.

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

Mr Weirmar stated 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 lady and baby, in addition to one other lady 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 folks together with a employee from the Holiday Inn quarantine resort at Melbourne Airport, who had returned a damaging take a look at outcome on February 7.

The venue was not listed as an publicity website 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 damaging’.

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

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

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

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

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

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 publicity website.

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 bogs in part two, making it an publicity website 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 publicity website. 

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

A Melbourne man outside Flinders Street Station on Sunday during the five-day lockdown

A Melbourne man exterior Flinders Street Station on Sunday throughout the five-day lockdown

A roller bladder takes advantage of the city's deserted streets on the first day of the five-day snap lockdown on Saturday

A curler bladder takes benefit of the town’s abandoned streets on the primary day of the five-day snap lockdown on Saturday

The two new cases were linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak at Melbourne Airport, taking the total to 16 cases

The two new instances had been linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak at Melbourne Airport, taking the whole to 16 instances 

Disturbing new particulars in the meantime emerged about a cocktail party at Coburg on Sunday, with well being authorities revealing 38 folks had gathered for the occasion.

Testing commander Jeroen Weimar stated quite a lot of optimistic instances had been traced to the perform.

He rejected claims {that a} lady aged in her 50s who’s linked to the Coburg perform had gone there as an alternative of being in isolation whereas infectious.

Instead, she had been infectious earlier than she had been recognized with testing. 

‘The employees member was recognized on Wednesday and examined optimistic on Wednesday this week, that’s February 10,’ Mr Weimar stated.

‘At that time, the social contact level of the Saturday was not recognized in these early conversations.’

‘There was a damaging take a look at outcome that she returned as a part of her regular office testing on the seventh however that has since been reviewed and that take a look at is now per week optimistic and we now have had to take the timeline again to embrace the sixth.’

The outbreak, linked to the Holiday Inn hotel at Melbourne Airport, grew to 14 cases on Saturday, after a single additional case was recorded (pictured, cleaners in PPE disinfect the hotel on Wednesday)

The outbreak, linked to the Holiday Inn resort at Melbourne Airport, grew to 14 instances on Saturday, after a single extra case was recorded (pictured, cleaners in PPE disinfect the resort on Wednesday)

Greek tennis player Michail Pervolarakis (pictured) has also tested positive to Covid-19 after leaving Melbourne and travelling to South Africa

Greek tennis participant Michail Pervolarakis (pictured) has additionally examined optimistic to Covid-19 after leaving Melbourne and travelling to South Africa 

‘The genomics is evident that that is all a part of the identical pressure,’ Mr Weimar stated.

To encourage everybody on the perform to step ahead with contact tracing and testing, Mr Weimar stated the proprietor of the venue wouldn’t be fined for a possible covid regulation breach.

LATEST COVID EXPOSURE SITES:

Authorities recognized new Victorian publicity websites on Sunday: 

Queen Victoria Market: Fruit and vegetable part, feminine bogs 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 8.10am, 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 websites are consistently altering: for a full list of present affected websites see Victoria’s Department of Health and Human  Services website here

‘I’m not remotely considering who did what at what time,’ he stated.  

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley stated contact tracers had decreased the variety of main shut contacts from the Holiday Inn cluster down from 996 to 940.

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

‘It is simply too early to say whether or not we now have been profitable, however the indicators present Victorians are doing the proper factor, supporting one another, and our take a look at, hint and isolate system is staying forward of this,’ he instructed reporters on Sunday.

‘But it’s too early to say as but whether or not this incredible effort by all Victorians has bought us there.’

‘We will proceed to monitor it on a day-by-day foundation, actually it’s up to the shared effort of all Victorians.’  

Mr Foley stated the kid and the quarantine employee revealed as optimistic on Sunday had been from separate households. 

‘Both have been in isolation since February 12 and each examined and returned a optimistic pattern in isolation on February 13.’  

The toddler went to the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Glenroy, however the childcare centre has not but been added to the list of publicity websites.  

Regarding the three completely different take a look at outcomes for the kid’s mom, Testing commander Jeroen Weimar stated the consultants had been engaged on it.

‘Our epidemiologists and specialists are working together with her and with our labs to be clear concerning the nature of what potential an infection she might have, whether or not she is at the beginning of our infectious interval or whether or not she is coming in the direction of the top,’ he stated.

‘Serology is being achieved, and we’ll work out over the following few hours precisely the place this particular person stands.’

Authorities have additionally recognized 4 extra publicity sights after the three-year-old baby and quarantine employee visited several venues whereas contaminated.

Melbourne has become deserted as the city enters its second day of a five-day long lockdown

Melbourne has change into abandoned as the town enters its second day of a five-day lengthy lockdown

One of the instances visited a Woolworths at Broadmeadows Central, in Melbourne’s north, between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on February 2.

The particular person then visited Pascoe Vale Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre between 4pm and 7.30pm on February 10.

They additionally went to Elite Swimming in Pascoe Vale between 5pm and 6pm on February 8.

Another optimistic Covid-19 case visited Broadmeadows Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse on Pascoe Vale Road between 12.30pm and 12.45pm on February 9.

Melbourne has recorded two new local cases of Covid-19 and identified four more potential exposure sites (pictured, Victorian health minister Martin Foley)

Melbourne has recorded two new native instances of Covid-19 and recognized 4 extra potential publicity websites (pictured, Victorian well being minister Martin Foley)

‘If you have got been to these websites you will want to isolate, to get examined and to keep remoted for 14 days,’ Mr Foley stated.

‘That goes above and past the overall circuit maker that we’re at the moment in,’ he stated.

The well being minister refused to remark additional on the unique Holiday Inn case after a person was accused of sparking the Covid-19 outbreak after utilizing a nebuliser.

‘Since I’ve been the minister for well being I’ve made it crystal clear that I don’t touch upon particular person instances and put folks and households by means of trauma,’ he stated.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews told the media on Sunday that the two new cases were connected to the Holiday Inn - but both had also gone to the Coburg function

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews instructed the media on Sunday that the 2 new instances had been linked to the Holiday Inn – however each had additionally gone to the Coburg perform

‘And I can’t be beginning that right this moment. This household wants to put all of its effort into getting effectively.’

The new instances come after Greek tennis participant Michail Pervolarakis examined optimistic to Covid-19 after he flew from Melbourne to South Africa.

Pervolarakis had represented his dwelling nation on the ATP Cup earlier than he left the town on February 9.

Tennis Australia says he examined damaging to Covid-19 the day he left Melbourne.

‘His personal medical recommendation is that it was probably he contracted the virus in Doha or on the airplane,’ a spokesperson stated.

Pervolarakis took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was ‘fully asymptomatic’.

‘I’m fully asymptomatic in the intervening time and can have to quarantine in an isolation facility in Potchefstroom,’ he stated on his Instagram account.

Melbourne's empty streets on Sunday, under lockdown again for five days

Melbourne’s empty streets on Sunday, underneath lockdown once more for 5 days

‘I’m not an individual that complains, however I really feel that I want to categorical my disappointment with the circumstances we’re in.’

Victoria recorded one new case in resort quarantine, bringing the whole variety of energetic instances within the state to 22.

Mr Weimar added all 12 employees had examined damaging on the Brunetti Cafe in Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport.

The cafe was listed as an publicity website after a Covid-19 optimistic particular person visited the venue on February 9.

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 entire state
  • Only 4 important causes to go away the home – important buying, important work/training, care-giving or two hours of train per day
  • All residents should keep inside 5km of their dwelling aside from important work or shopper
  • Outdoor train should be together with your family, intimate associate or one different particular person not out of your family 
  • Mandatory masks in all places besides your private home
  • No guests to anybody’s dwelling
  • All non-essential outlets shall be closed 
  • Public gatherings banned
  • Work from dwelling
  • Schools closed aside from weak youngsters
  • Places of worship closed
  • Weddings banned 
  • Funerals capped at 10 folks 
  • Community areas together with swimming swimming pools and libraries closed 

‘Of the 44 clients, clients we imagine visited there throughout that point, 19 of these are interstate and are being supported by interstate colleagues,’ he stated.

‘My thanks to our well being groups in different states for the coordinated means by which we proceed to work.’

Mr Weimar added viral fragments had additionally been present in wastewater in Coburg and South Melbourne.

‘We have two detections that we’re at the moment investigating. One is within the Coburg catchments which takes in Coburg, Coburg North, and the opposite is within the south of Melbourne, that Punt Road, Clarendon Street space, which we’re eager to perceive extra of,’ he stated.

Quarantine staff and soldiers prepare to welcome international travellers for quarantine at the Novotel Melbourne on Saturday

Quarantine employees and troopers put together to welcome worldwide travellers for quarantine on the Novotel Melbourne on Saturday

‘We do have a few publicity websites, a couple of cafes in that space which are listed on our web site, so I might actually encourage people who find themselves in Reservoir, Southbank, South Melbourne to be additional vigilant and come ahead to be examined when you’ve got any signs.’

Victoria has entered its second day of a five-day lengthy lockdown because the state makes an attempt to curb the unfold of an outbreak at Melbourne Airport’s Holiday Inn.

Millions have been plunged again into the hardship they thought had been left behind with the prolonged restrictions and financial sacrifices of 2020.

A deserted road in Melbourne following lockdown orders

A normally busy Flinders Street Station is deserted on a Sunday morning

Roads and Flinders Street Station have been emptied as the town pushes by means of its five-day lockdown

Florists and eating places hoping to obtain bumper buying and selling for Valentine’s Day are gutted on the lack of earnings they’ll incur as recent produce goes unsold.

Mr Foley stated it was too early to inform whether or not the five-day lockdown would have to be prolonged.

‘What we now have right this moment is the primary day of a 5 day fast snap shot to get forward of this,’ he stated.

‘It is simply too early to say whether or not we now have been profitable however the indicators that present Victorians are doing the proper factor, supporting one another, all of those are optimistic measures.’

A woman is seen walking along the deserted Bourke Street Mall as Melbourne enters Stage 4 restrictions

A girl is seen strolling alongside the abandoned Bourke Street Mall as Melbourne enters Stage 4 restrictions

The man accused of being on the centre of a the Hotel Inn outbreak had used a medical machine for his bronchial asthma referred to as a nebuliser of their resort room, regardless of them being banned exterior of medi-hotels.

The nebuliser’s use has been attributed to unfold of coronavirus on the Holiday Inn.

The man hit again at what he felt was authorities’ criticism of him, claiming he had declared the nebuliser to medical employees on the resort.

On Saturday nevertheless, head of the state’s resort quarantine authority Emma Cassar denied he instructed employees about it.

‘I can categorically say that there isn’t any proof from our audit that he has raised this with our well being group,’ she stated.

Ms Cassar stated the person had been badly handled by the media and she was sorry about his expertise.

‘We have by no means accused him of doing the incorrect factor,’ she stated.

Millions have been plunged back into the hardship they thought had been left behind with the lengthy restrictions and economic sacrifices of 2020

Millions have been plunged again into the hardship they thought had been left behind with the prolonged restrictions and financial sacrifices of 2020

There are shut to 1000 main shut contacts related to the Holiday Inn instances who’re isolating for 14 days and being examined. Their outcomes are anticipated to begin trickling by means of on Sunday and Monday.

He defended the ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown saying he couldn’t ignore recommendation from consultants.

‘I’ve bought recommendation to do it. I’ve achieved it. It’s primarily based on science,’ he stated.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton addressed considerations about authorized provisions for the lockdown to go till February 26.

‘Nothing ought to be learn into it as having any intention to lengthen a day past once we suppose they want to be in place. For now, that is 5 days,’ he stated.

Until 11.59pm on Wednesday, Victorians are solely in a position to go away dwelling to store for important gadgets, present or obtain care, train and to work or examine if they cannot from dwelling.

Similar to stage-four restrictions final yr, there is a five-kilometre journey restrict, obligatory face masks utilization and no dwelling guests.  

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