Victoria’s COVID Cases Rise By Three Ahead Of National Cabinet Meeting
“Please, if you are in the Camberwell area and showing even the slightest signs of COVID, please come over and get tested,” he said.
“In fact, wherever you are, and particularly in the Camberwell area.”
Heading west, Foley said samples in the Caroline Springs area from July 26 to July 28 also reported positive readings.
Suburbs of interest include: Albanvale, Burnside, Burnside Heights. Caroline Springs. Deer Park, Delahey, Hillside, Melton, Keilor Downs, Kings Park, Sydnenham, Taylor’s Hill, and Taylor’s Lakes.
“There are many communities, there are many people, but protecting wastewater is our early warning sign,” he said.
“Please, if you show the slightest of symptoms, come over and get tested.”
Health authorities received 43,542 tests Thursday and delivered 19,136 doses of vaccines. There were no new exhibition sites listed overnight for the state.
Health Department Undersecretary Kate Matson said authorities were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the infection of a traffic controller at the Moonee Valley racetrack.
She said genomic testing has linked her case to the Ariele Maribyrnong apartment outbreak; the precise chain of transmission had not yet been identified.
“We continue to test their work and social and domestic contacts,” he said.
“I am pleased to report that we have 48 out of 58 results from your colleagues at the Moonee Valley Racecourse test site, and so far, they are negative.”
Matson said testing continued today at the Newport apartment complex he had visited and crews were working on several other apartment complexes in Melbourne.
Get tested before you travel
Foley also noted that the state’s ski resorts would reopen this weekend and urged those heading to the hills to get tested before leaving town.
“You can only travel to the Victoria Alpine resorts if you have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure to the resorts,” he said.
“We are actually seeing very strong demand from the regional test centers, which is great, but what we would do is encourage people departing for ski resorts from metropolitan Melbourne or other regional centers to do the test near your home before heading to those areas.
“The test sites in the regions have longer wait times and you may need to arrange additional overnight accommodation before obtaining your authorization. It makes perfect sense to get tested before going up into the mountains. “
‘Safe and effective’ vaccines
One of the leading scientists behind the development of the AstraZeneca vaccine warned this morning that Australia’s mixed messages about the vaccine can cost lives.
Mr. Foley was asked about those comments and responded by saying that “any mixed message is not a good thing.”
“I want to thank the founders of AstraZeneca for their excellent work. They have provided the workhorse for the global vaccination program and AstraZeneca saves lives.
“As recently as yesterday I had my second AstraZeneca vaccine and I have no complaints, I did not miss a beat. So, I am, I am living proof that AstraZeneca doesn’t slow it down in any shape or form. “
“So AstraZeneca is a good, safe and effective vaccine, and I urge anyone eligible to come forward,” he said.
Australia’s group of top medical experts was due to hold an emergency meeting Thursday night to find out how other states and territories can provide additional support to New South Wales during its growing outbreak.
The national cabinet will also meet on Friday to discuss whether instant locks in low numbers of coronavirus cases they are the best way to manage Delta variant outbreaks, given their success in Victoria and South Australia.
A new model from the Grattan Institute found that Australia could ease restrictions and end blockades when 80 percent of the entire population has been vaccinated, a target that could be reached by the end of the year if children under 12 are included. on deployment. .
The national cabinet will begin to create a path out of the lockdowns on Friday when the country’s leaders discuss how many Australians should get vaccinated against COVID-19 to end the economically damaging restrictions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Wednesday night that the federal government had a model from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on the vaccination levels required to end the need for closures and work was underway to combine that with the predictions of the Treasury before the meeting on Friday.
“I don’t want to say that that will be resolved on Friday… that will be our first discussion. I suspect many more will be needed after that, ”he said.
“I hope we can set those goals and give phase two and phase three more definition at that time. But we have a plan for that.
“We are setting the targets scientifically, combined with financial advice as well, and that gives us a roadmap to Christmas, I think, that means we will be living a different life at Christmas than we are now.”
With Rachel Clun, David Crowe, Shane Wright, Jennifer Duke and Daniella White
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