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    Three-day snap lockdown looms for Victoria as Covid cases climb in Melbourne’s west

    Dan Andrews hints Victoria is set for a snap lockdown after six new Covid-19 cases including three mystery infections and a teacher were recorded overnight – as he declares: ‘We need to stop what’s happening in Sydney’

    • Victoria could be facing its sixth lockdown after six new Covid cases  
    • Two new cases added to the six in Wednesday’s tally
    • Wednesday’s tally includes three mystery infections
    • One of cases is a school teacher in her 20s at school in Melbourne’s west 
    • Her partner and two of his family members have tested positive   
    • Follows Premier Daniel Andrews celebrating zero new cases on Wednesday

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has hinted the state could be plunged into sixth lockdown, less than 24 hours after the state celebrated its first ‘doughnut day’ in more than three weeks. 

    Mr Andrews confirmed officials were holding crisis talks throughout the day but told reporters he had no immediate announcements to make – even as government sources admitted Melbourne is facing a snap three day lockdown.

    Mr Andrews on Thursday morning said the Victorian government was waiting on test results and briefings involving Health Minister Martin Foley and Covid commander Jeroen Weimar. 

    ‘I’ve got no announcements to make at the moment but there’ll be a series of meetings this afternoon as there was this morning,’ the Premier said.    

    ‘The government’s priority is to avoid what’s going on in Sydney. We have got to do everything we can to avoid cases getting out of control like they are in Sydney.

    ‘Everybody has been very clear about the fact there’s only one real way to deal with delta outbreaks. But it’s too early to say what will happen in relation to these cases.’ 

    Two additional cases were recorded this morning on top of six new infections recorded on Wednesday. Alarmingly, only three of Wednesday’s cases were linked to the outbreaks and were self-isolating while infectious. 

    Fifteen new exposure sites have been announced, including eight tier one locations in western suburbs including Caroline Springs, Altona North, Truganina and Spotswood.  

    Just 24 hours ago, Mr Andrews had written simply ‘zero’ in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state’s first day without a local infection since July 12. 

    The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher was one of six new Covid-19 cases in Victoria announced overnight

    Pictured: Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne. Only a day before the state announced six new cases, Mr Andrews had celebrated Victoria's first 'doughnut day' since July 12

    Pictured: Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne. Only a day before the state announced six new cases, Mr Andrews had celebrated Victoria’s first ‘doughnut day’ since July 12

    Mr Andrews wrote simply 'zero' in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state recording no locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday

    Mr Andrews wrote simply ‘zero’ in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state recording no locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday

    One of the mystery cases is a school teacher in her 20s at a prestigious Islamic school in Melbourne – whose positive result has sent 2,100 students and 300 staff members into isolation for 14 days. 

    The teacher from Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west was diagnosed on Wednesday and may have been infectious in the community for a week. 

    The teacher’s partner has also tested positive. He works in Caroline Springs and is a member of the Newport Football Club. He played a match on July 31 against West Footscray at Shorten Reserve.  Two of his family members, who do not live with him, returned positive tests today.    

    A man who lives in the Maribrynong local government area and works at a Derrimut warehouse is the third case with an unknown source. 

    Spectacle Hub in Caroline Springs is of particular concern after being listed as a tier one site for four days – August 2 and 3, and July 29 and 30. 

    Anyone who attended the store during these periods is required to get tested and isolate for 14 days.   

    The other three cases announced on Wednesday are linked to a testing site traffic controller at Moonee Valley Racecourse whose source of infection remains unknown. The three case were isolating during their infectious period. 

    Al-Taqwa College said classes would be conducted online until August 18 unless the health department advised otherwise. 

    The Ilim College and Australian International Academy campuses as well as the Islamic College of Melbourne (ICOM) at Tarneit in Melbourne’s west were also shut on Thursday as a precaution.  

    In separate letters, the three schools reassured parents that none of their students or staff had tested positive so far.

    ‘There are many primary contacts at ICOM who may have been in contact with the Al-Taqwa positive confirmed case,’ one said.

    The Al-Taqwa teacher is isolating and being interviewed by contract tracers and with urgent investigations are underway into how she contracted the virus.

    Two people wearing PPE are seen at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne on Thursday morning

    Two people wearing PPE are seen at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne on Thursday morning

    Two masked pedestrians are pictured in Melbourne's Chinatown. Only three of Thursday's new cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious

    Two masked pedestrians are pictured in Melbourne’s Chinatown. Only three of Thursday’s new cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious

    A swab test for Covid-19 is carried out in Melbourne on July 16. The positive cases have sparked fears Victoria could be sent back into a hard lockdown only nine days after stay-at-home restrictions were eased across the state

    A swab test for Covid-19 is carried out in Melbourne on July 16. The positive cases have sparked fears Victoria could be sent back into a hard lockdown only nine days after stay-at-home restrictions were eased across the state

    Victoria’s Covid-19 Testing Commander Jeroen Weimar said the woman became symptomatic at the end of last week and may have been infectious in the community for a week before testing positive.

    ‘From July 28 to July 30 is the point in time when we’re assuming she may have been infectious,’ he told ABC Radio on Thursday.

    The college has been listed as a tier one exposure site across those three days, while a Coles at Yarraville is a tier two site for specific times on July 29.   

    The Al-Taqwa College said it would be closed for 14 days - with classes conducted online until August 18 - unless the health department advised otherwise

    The Al-Taqwa College said it would be closed for 14 days – with classes conducted online until August 18 – unless the health department advised otherwise

    Mr Weimar said some exposure sites listed in the Hobsons Bay area of Melbourne’s south-west might be a connection point for the woman’s infection.

    Al-Taqwa College was a significant location for transmission in last year’s second wave.   

    Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Victora recording 725 cases, the highest daily number of infections in its deadly second wave of the virus. 

    COVID EXPOSURE SITES IN MELBOURNE

    SITES ADDED AUGUST 5 

    Altona North 

    Pharmacy 4 Less 

    31/07/2021 10:30am – 11:00am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:54am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

    Caroline Springs

    Da Barber House – CS Square 

    30/07/2021 5:45pm – 7:00pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure  

    Altona North

    Wolf Cafe & Eatery  

     01/08/2021 9:30am – 10:45am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

    Altona North

    Caltex Woolworths Altona North 

    31/07/2021 11:00am – 11:35am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Spotswood

    Elite Sports Performance Gym 

    03/08/2021 6:50am – 8:20am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

    Altona North 

    Elm Rd Family Clinic  

    31/07/2021 10:00am – 11:00am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

    Newport

    Star Pizza & Pasta Cafe 

    31/07/2021 6:45pm – 7:40pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result    

    Caroline Springs

    NAB Branch ATM – CS Square 

    30/07/2021 1:30pm – 2:00pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

    Newport

    Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

    29/07/2021 9:15am – 9:45am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

    Caroline Springs

    Woolworths Caroline Springs 

    29/07/2021 2:00pm – 2:40pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Newport

    Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

    30/07/2021 8:20am – 8:50am 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Caroline Springs

    Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

    29/07/2021 10:00am – 6:15pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

    Caroline Springs

    Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

    30/07/2021 9:00am – 6:30pm

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Caroline Springs

    Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

    02/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Caroline Springs

    Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

    03/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm 

    Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

    SITES ADDED AUGUST 4 

    Truganina

    Al-Taqwa College 

    28/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

    Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Truganina

    Al-Taqwa College 

    29/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

    Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Truganina

    Al-Taqwa College 

    30/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

    Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Yarraville

    Coles (Yarraville) 

    29/07/2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm 

    Case attended venue 04/08/2021 3:38pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    SITE ADDED JULY 31 

    Altona North

    Body Fit Training Altona North 

    28/07/2021 5:20am – 7:00am 

    Case attended venue 31/07/2021 2:10pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    SITES ADDED JULY 30 

    Doncaster

    Woolworths Doncaster – Devon Plaza 

    28/07/2021 10:20am – 11:25am 

    Case attended venue 30/07/2021 9:29pm

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

    22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

    23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    SITES ADDED JULY 28 

    Moonee Ponds

    Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

    25/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm 

    Case attended location 28/07/2021 8:47pm

    Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

    Moonee Ponds

    Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

    26/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm 

    Case attended location 28/07/2021 8:47pm

    Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

    Frankston South

    Chemist Warehouse Baxter 

    24/07/2021 3:45pm – 4:15pm 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 8:47pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Frankston

    Ritchies IGA Liquor (Towerhill) 

    24/07/2021 4:10pm – 4:35pm 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Altona North

    Woolworths (Borrack Square) 

    24/07/2021 5:15pm – 6:30pm 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Yarraville

    7-Eleven (Yarraville) 

    25/07/2021 7:05am – 7:50am 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

    Frankston

    Karingal Hub Shopping Centre 

    24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Frankston

    Coles Supermarket (Karingal Hub Shopping Centre) 

    24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Frankston South

    United Petroleum Baxter 

    26/07/2021 7:15am – 7:30am 

    Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    SITE ADDED JULY 24 

    Hawthorn

    H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

    22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm

    Case at apartment complex 24/07/2021 7:25pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    SITES ADDED JULY 23 

    Docklands

    LaCrosse Building 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Docklands

    LaCrosse Building 

    22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm –  Case attended venue

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Docklands

    LaCrosse Building 

    23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

    Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

    Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

    22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

    Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

    Hawthorn

    Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

    23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

    Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

    Camberwell

    Woolworths Camberwell 

    21/07/2021 7:07am – 7:45am 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn East

    Shell Coles Express Auburndale 

    21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:15pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn East

    Thirsty Camel Bottleshop 

    21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:10pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn

    Renaissance Hawthorn IGA Plus Liquor

    21/07/2021 6:55pm – 7:40pm 

    Case attended venue 23/07/2021 7:59pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Public Transport

    Yarra Trams – Route 86 (La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119 to Swanston/Bourke Street, Stop 6)

    21/07/2021 2:50pm – 3:20pm

     Case travelled on public transport 23/07/2021 7:39pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result  

    Yarra Trams – Route 86 (Elizabeth/Bourke Street, Stop 5 to La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119)

    21/07/2021 3:35pm – 4:05pm 

    Case travelled on public transport 23/07/2021 7:39pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Richmond

    ARK Richmond Apartment Complex 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:30pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Hawthorn

    H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Cremorne

    Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Cremorne

    Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

    22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Camberwell

    Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

    20/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:20pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

    Camberwell

    Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

    21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

    Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:20pm

    Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

     

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