Two new local cases linked to MCG, exposure sites grow

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Jeroen Weimar. Pic source: @7NewsMelbourne

Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander, Jeroen Weimar, on Thursday said two new cases have emerged in the state, both linked to the linked to an AFL game on Saturday.

Overnight testing confirmed the cases in the two who were on Level Two of the MCC Members’ Reserve at the MCG.

Addressing the media, Weimar said, “I can advise in the last couple of hours we have identified a further two cases, two positive cases, both from the extensive testing done around the Members’ Reserve at the MCG.”

Reports said restrictions could tighten due to growing outbreaks. Masks rules are back with Victorians required to wear any time they’re indoors or in crowded outdoor spaces. This was announced by Acting Chief Health Officer Clare Looker late last night.

“Masks must also be worn outdoors if you cannot maintain 1.5m distance from people who aren’t from your household (such as at an outdoor event).”

The Victorian government has also ordered the closure of three schools due to infection fears. St Patrick’s Primary in Murrumbeena is the third Victorian school to close in the past 24 hours, following the closure of Bacchus Marsh Grammar and Barwon Heads Primary on Wednesday.

Two gyms in Melbourne’s south-west—Persist Fitness in Werribee and QuickFit Health Club in Point Cook—have been added to the growing list of high-risk exposure sites.

The Department of Health website now lists 76 exposure sites which includes public transport routes, shopping centres, sports clubs and fast food outlets as well as a Maribyrnong apartment complex, a Bellarine Peninsula football and netball club and the MCG.

The DHHS website says in the past 24 hours statewide, there have been 10 cases acquired locally.


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