Daniel Andrews reveals how long Victoria’s extended lockdown has been as ‘transient’ contact causes new Covid cases | Victoria
victorian prime minister, Daniel AndrewsOn Tuesday, he will announce how long the state’s fifth lockdown is expected to last, as health authorities scramble to control the delta-variable outbreak.
The state announced 13 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, with more than 15,800 in close contact and 250 sites of exposure. Four more cases have been reported that will be included in Tuesday’s numbers.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said all of the new cases are linked to existing cases and all have only been contagious in the community for an average of less than two days per case.
However, with cases spreading across the state, and transmission recurring after “cross-country” contact between strangers, Andrews said it wouldn’t be possible for the state to come out of lockdown after five days, as he had hoped.
“We are running alongside this virus but we haven’t faced it yet,” he said.
“If you think of it like a fire, we have a containment line and we’re making great progress but it’s not over yet.
“What we know with Delta is that an hour is like a day, and a day is like a week in some ways, it’s moving really fast.”
Andrews said if the state did not shut down when it did – and if it did not move on Monday to extend the lockdown – it would be in a similar situation to Greater Sydney.
“I think knowing what we know now, having seen what happened during this lockdown, in the past four days, we know that if we were open we would be just like Sydney.
We will have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cases. We won’t be looking at a short closure, we’ll be looking at something completely different.”
Andrews cited stricter border restrictions with NSW once the Victorian lockdown ended, saying that while he was satisfied with current measures, and believed compliance with the permit system was high, more work might be needed.
We will face an ongoing challenge in terms of defending the borders to the north and making sure that no one infected with this virus reaches our state. This is for another day.”
Sutton said contact tracers have found cases of transmission between strangers sitting at sporting events at MCG and AAAMI Park.
Those who contracted the infection were outside almost all their time in places. The hypothesis, Sutton said, is that transmission may have occurred at the entrance gates, when people who were not seated together came into contact.
Among Monday’s cases, Sutton said he was particularly concerned about transmission that occurred within 30 hours of the source contracting the virus. The case is linked to Crafty Squire, which hosted an event for the Euro 2020 final last week.