Ebene News – AU – Victoria reports three new local cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne

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Three new cases of locally acquired coronavirus have been detected in Victoria, breaking the state’s two-month streak of no way out

Three people in the Melbourne suburb of Mitcham, Hallam and Mentone were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Wednesday evening

The cases – which Victorian authorities believe to be linked to cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales – have led more than 40 people to self-isolate

The COVID-19 response commander in Victoria, Jeroen Weimar, said active cases were of concern but everything was being done to ensure all relevant exposure sites and close contacts were identified

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“We have three cases that are self-isolating at home and that are supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Social Services,” said M Weimar in a press release

The cases are present in two women in their forties and a woman in their sixties

“We have been in this position before and are rolling out our comprehensive outbreak approach around these cases. Extensive contact tracing is underway and as a result there are currently over 40 primary close contacts being made. in charge to isolate immediately “

M Weimar said the search for the contracts would continue overnight in hopes of confirming the source of the infections

He said more cases should appear, with a full list of exhibition sites to be found here

Confirmed cases were initially thought not to have recently traveled to NSW, where 18 new cases of community transmission were recorded on Wednesday

Earlier Wednesday, the Victorian government said it remained “far away” from opening its border with New South Wales

Half of the new cases are in the North Sydney Beaches cluster, while a second cluster has emerged in the city’s west, along with cases in Wollongong, south of Sydney

Victoria Police Minister Lisa Neville said border decisions are made on a daily basis but based on health advice no one is ready to consider changes

Ms Neville would not rule out expanding the red zone, with concern for cases outside the northern beaches

“I know we were concerned about the spread of Wollongong and the case there, and it happened I think through churches, so we will continue to monitor this and if we need to, we will expand this red zone “, she said

Victoria on Wednesday morning marked 61 days without local transmission of coronavirus and just one 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

Ms 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 ahead of us, but we don’t have a vaccine,” she said.

“It has been a very difficult year and we have done an amazing thing as Victorians – let’s not risk it as we celebrate the end of 2020”

Despite Victoria’s two-month period of no local transmission and the overwhelming desire to see the rear of 2020, the New Year’s celebrations will be muffled Thursday night

Melbourne’s fireworks that would draw nearly half a million revelers another year have been canned in favor of more low-key celebrations than the occasion deserves

Mayor Sally Capp said it was natural for people to want to celebrate the end of a tough year

We know this has been a very difficult year for many people and we thank all the Victorians for the sacrifices they made so that we can be in the position we are in today – over 60 days without community transmission (1/3) photoTwittercom / tWXi1i3Ekr

But the fireworks cancellation meant that a celebration of the city’s hospitality industry, inspired by European squares and squares, could take place instead

Nearly a dozen outdoor restaurants have been set up in the city, including Hardware Lane, Chinatown, Spring Street and Little Bourke Street

“We have decided to keep our city open, to continue to support businesses that really add so much to Melbourne’s character and personality, recognizing that for all of these business owners and their teams one of the best things we can do to bring the new year is to show them our support, ”she said

One thing will remain normal: additional police officers will patrol in uniform and in civilian clothes, with dogs and horses and on the water

Victoria received 8,731 test results in the past 24 hours, nearly 2,000 more than Tuesday

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Ebene News – UA – Victoria reports three new local cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne

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