Victoria records 21 new cases, 11 in quarantine while infectious

Victoria records 21 new cases, 11 in quarantine while infectious

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Victoria recorded 21 new locally acquired cases on Saturday, after a central Richmond apartment building was listed as an exposure site for 12 full days.

Eleven of the new cases were in quarantine for the entirety of their infectious period. All the new infections are linked to the current outbreak, the Department of Health confirmed on Twitter.

There were 29,490 vaccination doses administered in state clinics on Friday, with 33,675 test results received.

The Bosisto Street Residential Apartment Complex in Richmond, near the corner of Bridge Road, was listed as a potential exposure site across almost two weeks, after a case attended the building.

The complex is listed as a tier-2 exposure site between 12am on August 2 and 11.59pm on Friday, August 13, meaning anyone who visited the building during that period must isolate until they test negative for the virus.

Some residents at the complex will be considered tier-1 contacts and will need to isolate for 14 days.

A number of stores in Broadmeadows Central, Coles supermarkets in Glenroy and at the Richmond Icon building and Pickford’s Pharmacy in Carlton were also listed as tier-2 sites late last night.

Earlier on Friday, health authorities identified Chadstone Shopping Centre in Malvern East as a tier-2 exposure site.

Anyone who attended the major shopping centre between 4.26pm and 5.40pm on August 7 must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

There are now more than 450 exposure sites listed by the Department of Health.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there had been “new, unexpected” detections of COVID-19 fragments in wastewater at both Shepparton and Lakes Entrance in the last week.

The suburbs of concern include Shepparton, Kialla and small parts of Shepparton North and Orrvale between Monday and Wednesday, and Lakes Entrance, Lake Bunga, Kalimna, Lake Tyres and the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust from Sunday to Wednesday.

Anyone living or visiting these areas who has even the slightest of symptoms must isolate immediately and get tested.

In his daily update, Professor Sutton said the findings are significant “as both areas do not have any active COVID-19 cases or current exposure sites”.

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