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Australia Police use CCTV to track movements of removalists who tested positive for coronavirus

03:42  13 july  2021
03:42  13 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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  Vic seeks to stamp out NSW virus 'embers' The "flying embers" from Sydney's worsening COVID-19 outbreak have blown into Victoria, with authorities working to stamp out separate virus spot fires.Victorian contact tracers are having trouble nailing down the movements of a Sydney-based removalist team, one of two new COVID-19 scares.

NSW removalist who tested positive for Covid visits multiple sites in Victoria and South Australia. “We are looking at other sources of information to piece together the entire time that they were in SA.” Deputy chief public health officer Emily Kirkpatrick said authorities would now be keeping a “very close eye” on the family, as they are classified as close contacts. The state will also tighten its border restrictions for SA residents returning from Greater Sydney, who will no longer be able to easily apply online for exemptions to come home as of midnight tonight.

A Covid- positive removalist from NSW has visited both Victoria and South Australia while infected, prompting fears he may have triggered a new outbreak of the virus in those states. Victorian residents who were in NSW and missed Sunday's deadline to return to the state will still be allowed to re-enter but must isolate at home for 14 days. In addition, the Victoria-NSW 'border bubble' for townships along the border will remain intact for local residents, though they must continue to travel with proof of address.

Health authorities are continuing to piece together the movements of three removalists — two of whom have been diagnosed with COVID-19 — who entered South Australia via Victoria before returning to New South Wales.

SA Health today said the trio had stopped at petrol stations along the way, and that one of the men was later revealed to be a close contact of a positive case in New South Wales.

The three men, who had first travelled from Sydney to Melbourne, spent about five hours last week offloading furniture at a home in the McLaren Vale region south of Adelaide, where a family was relocating.

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick said authorities had spoken with the men, and were in the process of mapping their movements to determine any potential exposure sites.

Victoria records two Covid cases after removalist entered from Sydney

  Victoria records two Covid cases after removalist entered from Sydney Victoria has recorded two new locally-acquired coronavirus cases after infected removalists entered the state from Covid-ravaged NSW. The two new cases were previously announced on Monday afternoon and take Victoria's tally of active Covid-19 cases to 20.Another local case was acquired interstate. All three cases are members of the same Melbourne household who have been in isolation having recently returned from NSW on red zone permits.Meanwhile, an apartment complex in Melbourne is now in lockdown after being visited by the infected removalists who travelled from Sydney.

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"We know that two of those removalists have tested positive – the third has tested negative, but of course we'll wait and see if that particular individual does end up testing positive given they would now be a close contact," Dr Kirkpatrick told ABC Radio Adelaide.

"That particular third removalist has been very, very helpful and provided detailed information through to SA Health around their movements. We've been able to work with SAPOL [SA Police] and look at traffic data, CCTV footage, to work out what particular stops they may have made.

"The information we have so far is that there were some petrol stations that were stopped at, but we're working through what the risk assessment is for those locations.

"We need to look through that CCTV footage, get a better history around exactly what was occurring … [and check] if they've stayed in the truck, in the cabin as well."

Petrol station identified as 'high-risk' COVID-19 exposure site linked to removalists with coronavirus

  Petrol station identified as 'high-risk' COVID-19 exposure site linked to removalists with coronavirus At least 18 people were at a service station in SA during a 100-minute period when it was attended by removalists who later tested positive to coronavirus, with a worker at the site now showing symptoms, SA Health says.The three men travelled to McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide last week, carrying furniture for a family relocating from western Sydney, after first heading to Melbourne.

Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later. In January, South Korea began posting detailed location histories about people who tested positive for the coronavirus , leading to public blaming and shaming.Credit Woohae Cho for The New York Times. In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains.

That's the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested . So, as more and more people are being tested , the focus is shifting to the positivity rate -- how many of those tested are actually infected. There are almost 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide, and the number of cases has surged, especially in the South and West, in the past few weeks. To find the positivity rate in your area, check your state and county health department websites.

Dr Kirkpatrick said the family who were relocating to SA had been tested again, and returned negative results.

"The family who travelled over from western Sydney into South Australia, into McLaren Vale, have been very compliant, they've tested negative now on day one. We did the extra tests yesterday with our GeneXpert rapid testing, which was very reassuring," she said.

The three removalists arrived in Melbourne on Thursday, July 8, from Sydney, and then spent the night in Victoria before heading to Adelaide on Friday morning.

A member of the crew was contacted by NSW Health that day, on July 9, and told he was a primary close contact of another positive case.

All three crew members returned to Sydney.

Dr Kirkpatrick said it was her understanding that the man who was a close contact did not find that out until "after he had been part of that delivery" at McLaren Vale.

"He was notified that he was a close contact, which is why he got tested as soon as he got back into New South Wales on July 10, and he was aware of that as he was travelling back," she said.

Here's what we know about the journey of two COVID-positive removalists who visited Victoria and SA

  Here's what we know about the journey of two COVID-positive removalists who visited Victoria and SA Two removalists who tested positive for coronavirus after visiting South Australia and Victoria last week have sparked concerns about possible local COVID-19 transmission. Here's what we know about their journey so far.Here's a look at their journey.

It has been revealed that standard tests being used in parts of US to diagnose Covid-19 cases are extremely sensitive, with no guarantee that the vast majority of those marked down as " positive " can spread the disease. Data from three US states – New York, Nevada and Massachusetts – shows that when the amount of the virus found in a person is taken into account, up to 90 percent of people who have tested positive could actually have been negative, as they may be carrying only tiny amounts of the virus.

When people test positive for coronavirus , they are asked to provide details of their close contacts. They must have been within a nine-day period, starting 48 hours before symptoms, and include If contacted by NHS Test and Trace they will be advised to take one PCR test as soon as possible. As long as that is negative, and they don't develop symptoms, they won't need to take further action. From the same date, the NHS track and trace system will become responsible for testing school pupils.

"Our understanding is he was aware of those requirements to not come in contact with the public.

"He did develop symptoms as well during that period of time, which prompted him to go and get tested."

South Australia intensified restrictions with New South Wales overnight, with South Australians returning from the Greater Sydney area now facing a higher level of scrutiny before being allowed to come back into the state.

People will no longer be able to just tick a box on a form, and instead will have to prove they can quarantine alone at home through an application for an exemption to SA Health.

Essential travellers such as truck drivers will have increased testing requirements.

The state's transition committee is meeting today.

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