Ebene News – AU – URGENT INVESTIGATION: Three new cases of COVID in Victoria NOT in hotel quarantine

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Melbourne that are not linked to return travelers, ending 61-day streak of no community transmission in Victoria

It is not known where the cases are coming from, but authorities are urgently investigating the possibility that they are linked to cases in New South Wales

The cases, two women in their 40s and a woman in their 60s, come from three different suburbs: Mentone, Mitcham and Hallam

“We have three cases that are isolating themselves at home and that are supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services,” Jeroen Weimar, COVID response commander said Wednesday evening -19 in Victoria

“We have always known that this virus puts us in a precarious position and we need to make sure we do everything we can to eradicate any further transmission

“We have been in this position before and we are deploying our comprehensive approach to the epidemic around these cases”

The Department of Health and Human Services has published a number of “high risk places” which you can read by tapping here

Contact tracing will continue overnight to try to determine where the virus started and if there are more positive cases

Health officials will quickly try to determine if cases are linked in any way to NSW, where cases rose 18 on Wednesday

Of particular concern is a new emerging cluster in west-central Sydney, with fears the virus will spread far beyond northern beaches

The increase in the number of cases prompted the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, to announce new restrictions on Sydney residents for New Years Eve

Late Wednesday, the Victorian government also imposed new border restrictions on hundreds of thousands of other New South Wales residents

The state will prohibit entry to people from the Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions, effective 1159h on December 31

People arriving in Victoria from both regions of NSW from midnight on Wednesday until the ban goes into effect will need a Travel Permit from Service Victoria

Victoria earlier Wednesday morning marked 61 days without local transmission of coronavirus and a single case of a returning traveler in their 20s in hotel quarantine

There have been only eight active cases, all in hotel quarantine or self-isolation, including seven international travelers and a teenage girl at home after contracting the virus in NSW

Police Minister Lisa Neville acknowledged the effect of border restrictions on local communities, but said people were overwhelmingly supportive

“We all want to say goodbye to this year, we all hope 2021 is a better year than we have had, but we don’t have a vaccine,” she said

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Ebene News – AU – URGENT INVESTIGATION: Three new COVID cases in Victoria NOT in hotel quarantine

Source: https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/urgent-investigation-three-new-covid-cases-in-victoria-not-in-hotel-quarantine-c-1862107