Two other cases of local transmission of Covid - a resident and a nurse at a nursing home - have been identified in Victoria in addition to the two infections officially recorded by the state on Sunday, as health officials continue to search for the source of 'a growing group of the highly infectious Delta variant.
The newly infected 79-year-old resident of Arcare nursing home in Maidstone, west Melbourne, lives “close” to the two previous cases in the center.
In a release, Arcare confirmed that the resident was fully vaccinated with Pfizer and was asymptomatic, but would still be transferred to hospital "inFor reasons of public health ”.
The other case was a registered agency that“ last worked at the residence yesterday ”. They were asymptomatic and had only received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the statement said.
"All members of the 'team who worked in Arcare yesterday are required to get tested immediately and isolate yourself for 14 days, "said a spokesperson for Arcare.
" More tests will take place tomorrow, with an indication that they will take place every other day as we manage this outbreak. "
The two previously reported cases, which were recorded within 24 hours to 8 pm Saturday, were known close contacts linked to outbreaks.
"A new case is another Port Melbourne Financial Company employee in his 50s who was isolated forthroughout its infectious period. The other new case is a primary school teacher linked to the West Melbourne outbreak, "Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said.
The West Melbourne cluster is associated with the Delta Covid-19 variant - a highly infectious strain native to the Indian subcontinent - and is genomically unique compared to the rest of the current Melbourne clusters.
While the small number of new official cases was hailed as positive news, Deputy Director of Health Professor Allen Cheng admitted officials still struggled to find the source of the Delta variant.
"The sequence data has been compared to the national database and we have contacted all other laboratories in the country to ensure that all of that sequence data is up to date. Now it could be rerunHe said.
But he said the limitations of genomic testing meant the source case of this cluster may be impossible to determine.
"There is a small proportion of isotopes that cannot be touched. there is. We are working with them to see if there is any other information that can be obtained from these specimens. "
Saturday declared a top public health official his "strong hypothesis" was that the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus caused a second outbreak at Melbourne was caused by a leak quarantine of hotel.
Cheng said that findthe spring remained a key concern in Victoria.
"What concerns us somewhat is upstream. So for these cases, we cannot find who gave them the infection and the family who returned from Jervis Bay. We are concerned about who might have given them the infection and therefore might th There will be other infections related to this.
Despite concerns about the infectivity of the strain, he said it was unlikely that it could circulate widely in Victoria without being detected.
"Given that 5% of Victorians have been tested in the past seven days, if there was a big outbreak, I think we would expect to have detected it but there is still this risk, "he said.
The Kappa variant group from the Port Melbourne workplace had five cases added to his total on Sunday, but Cheng saidre that this was due to known but previously unrelated cases being connected. The total for this cluster now stands at 30. The Whittlesea Kappa-variant cluster - the other main cluster in Melbourne - remains at 29 cases in total.
Despite a low number of cases, Merlino said it was too early to consider easing the lockdown measures before next Friday.
"This will be absolutely based on public health advice, and this is how we approached this pandemic ... As I said a moment ago, we know the variants Delta are 50% more contagious than those we faced last year, "he said.
During the press conference of On Sunday, Merlino announced an extension of state support for locked out businesses, adding an additional $ 32.2 million to help those in the sectheart of tourism.
The new package will consist of three parts: $ 16 million will go to another round of 80,000 regional tourism vouchers to encourage tourism in the state ; $ 11.8 million will be used to increase the grants available for individual businesses in the tourism sector to $ 7,000; and $ 4.4 million will be used to support alpine regions which have now lost a significant portion of their winter ski season due to the lockdown.
"As far as alpine resorts are concerned, as the interim prime minister has indicated, they are particularly effective because the earning period is much shorter than accommodation or tourism," said Minister of Tourism Martin Pakula.
"The Queen's Birthday Long Weekend is one of their biggest weekends, so in recognition of thefact that this will be disrupted… there will be up to $ 15,000 for companies employing in the mountains, up to $ 10,000 for companies without employment in the mountains and up to $ 5,000 for some companies outside the mountains .
Pakula said the tourism support program was needed because the government predicted Melbourne residents would not be able to travel to the Victoria area for a while. some time, even after the lockdown ends next Friday.