Australia Vic seeks to stamp out NSW virus 'embers'

00:31  13 july  2021
00:31  13 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Victorians were given just hours to return from NSW and the ACT as the border effectively shut over fears COVID-19 could leak out of Sydney. The entirety of NSW and the ACT became red zones under Victoria 's travel permit system from 11.59pm on Sunday, as the southern state's school holidays ended. Victoria 's acting chief health officer cited concerns about the risk of coronavirus transmission beyond Sydney and surrounding areas for the decision as NSW reported 77 new local cases on Sunday.

Victoria declared all of NSW a red zone and closed the border between the states at midnight, as cases in the state continued to skyrocket. Victorian residents are able to return to the state but must get tested and quarantine for 14 days if entering from a red zone. “We know that this Delta virus moves incredibly fast and is highly infectious, so once we get that information from NSW we will be sharing that with the community,” he said. “These are precisely the reasons that our public health team have set tougher border restrictions.

a group of people walking down a street next to a traffic light: Victoria is managing two new COVID-19 scares after the NSW outbreak crossed the border. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Victoria is managing two new COVID-19 scares after the NSW outbreak crossed the border.

Victorian contact tracers are having trouble nailing down the movements of a Sydney-based removalist team, one of two new COVID-19 scares.

Two of the three-person crew have tested positive upon their return to Sydney after travelling through Victoria and SA for work last week.

Removalists are permitted to enter Victoria under the state's border permit system.

The workers made a drop-off to a family home in Craigieburn and a pick-up to another in Maribyrnong on Thursday. Both families of four are isolating and have been tested.

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The Victorian Department of Health says with case numbers continuing to increase in New South Wales , it is concerned about the risk of transmission beyond current red zones in Greater Sydney and its surrounds. "So please do as you are asked. It is the right thing to do. We do not want the virus here in our state." Mr Andrews clarified he would not name and shame offenders but no-one should contribute to spreading the virus in Victoria .

Victoria 's "mystery" virus cases dropped by 25 on Tuesday to 4344, while active cases are also down to 1696, with no new cases in regional areas. Meanwhile, Mr Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are at loggerheads over Victoria 's controversial "roadmap" out of restrictions. The premier vented on Tuesday after two days of Commonwealth criticism about the state plan. On Monday, Mr Morrison said he hoped the plan to bring Melbourne and Victoria out of their lockdowns was a "worst-case scenario", with business also fiercely critical of the strategy.

The crew is believed to have immediately departed Melbourne and arrived in Adelaide in the early hours of Friday morning. 

But Victoria's COVID Commander Jeroen Weimar said authorities still did not have a complete picture of their movements within the state.

"The initial version of the stories is not quite tying up at the moment," he told reporters on Monday afternoon.

"It is taking us a little bit longer than we would like. We are also talking to their employer who is providing fuel cards and logbooks and various other bits and pieces."

On Monday evening, Maribyrnong's Ariele Apartments where the removalists stopped on Thursday were listed as varying levels of exposure sites for five days.

The Coles at Craigieburn Central along with the entire shopping centre and a Broadmeadows petrol station were also identified as exposure sites for specific times on Saturday and Sunday.

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Tighter restrictions will be put in place for South Australians returning from Greater Sydney, but no exposure sites have been linked to a NSW removalist who tested positive after visiting SA. The "Welcome to South Australia" sign at the NSW border on the Barrier Highway at Cockburn, west of Broken Hill.

Victoria has also extended its restrictions from those in Sydney to regional areas of NSW and the ACT. READ MORE: Lockdown for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong. The additional surge of cases that has plunged Sydney into lockdown was met by other measures from This means Victoria 's Travel Permit System will come back into effect at 1am tomorrow for anyone travelling from those areas, not including those in the border bubble. "This is not retrospective," Victoria Health clarified on Saturday night. "If you travel from ACT or regional NSW (not including communities

The removalists had already purportedly left the state by then, meaning the venues are likely linked to two new COVID-19 cases among a family from the City of Hume who recently returned from Sydney.

Those cases will be included in Tuesday's tally.

Mr Weimar said three of the four family members arrived on a flight from Sydney on July 4 carrying red zone permits, while the other re-entered the state by road last Thursday.

They all tested negative shortly after arrival but two became symptomatic and were swabbed again on Sunday, with the results coming back positive on Monday morning. 

The flight has not been added as an exposure site as the three family members tested negative two days later, and all other passengers remain in isolation as fellow red zone returnees.

Mr Weimar said he was not surprised "flying embers" from the Sydney outbreak had broken containment lines after NSW reported 112 new local cases on Monday.

His main concern over the next 12 to 24 hours rests with pinpointing the removalists' movements to confirm any additional stops on their route from Sydney to Melbourne and onto Adelaide.

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Victoria is heading into "short, sharp" five-day lockdown in an effort to contain a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant linked back to NSW.From 11.59pm on Thursday, Victorians will only be able to leave home for five reasons - to shop for food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study if they are unable to from home and to get vaccinated.

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