The team of Covid-infected Sydney movers who sparked Victoria’s latest outbreak has been caught on camera in Melbourne without facemasks.
Shocking footage shows the three workers, traveling from the Covid-ravaged western suburbs of Sydney, arriving at a home in Craigieburn on the northern outskirts of Melbourne on July 8, where they were delivering furniture.
They can see objects move in their truck and walk across a parking lot without a face covering.
Two of the three men would later test positive for the highly contagious strain of the Indian Delta, with the visit sending the long-suffering Victorian residents into their fifth lockdown, causing 107 further infections.
Work permits allowing people from NSW to go to Victoria for essential work require them to wear face masks.
This image outlines the route taken by the Sydney Lists on their work journey, which sparked the latest Victoria outbreak
The first cases linked to the Melbourne outbreak were a family of four that the movers had contact with while on the Craigieburn job.
One of them would later pass the virus on to another man at a nearby local Coles supermarket.
Just hours after being filmed in the Hume area, the group then traveled to Maribyrnong in western Melbourne for another job at the Ariele apartment complex.
They all had proper permits to enter the state, despite the rising number of Covid cases in the Harbor City, which now has more than 1,500 cases.
Victoria Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the three movers were not wearing masks as exemptions are granted for strenuous activities such as carrying furniture.
As a result, numerous residents became infected with the virus in Ariele Apartments, forcing the entire building and its 200 residents to quarantine for 14 days.
You can see them movers moving items in their truck and walking across a parking lot without face covering
Numerous residents have been infected with the virus at the Ariele Apartments complex in Maribyrnong, west Melbourne (pictured), forcing the entire building and its 200 residents to quarantine for 14 days.
A resident in his 60s passed the virus to his parents, aged 89 and 90, who live in Craigieburn.
The same man also attended an AFL game between Carlton and Geelong in the MCG on July 10 with a friend, a Bacchus Marsh Grammar teacher.
The friend, a Barwon Heads man in his 50s, also tested positive, as did two members of his household, another man in his 60s and a nine-year-old child.
An adult and child who were in the same area of the MCG as the two men also tested positive in a case of suspected “stranger-to-stranger transmission.”
Several more positive cases linked to the MCG chain of transmission would soon follow with infections also piling up from the Craigieburn cluster.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the trio will likely be investigated for allegedly withholding information from contact tracers.
Melbourne’s Bourke Street shopping center is pictured on the first day of the city’s fifth lockdown (pictured)
Two commuters wear face masks as they sit on a Swanston Street tram as lockdown continues
“The frustration in many ways isn’t that maybe they weren’t wearing their masks when they unloaded the truck,” he said.
“It’s that for a long time they were very difficult and not necessarily in the foreground.”
After leaving Victoria, the group later moved on to Adelaide’s McLaren Valley on 9 July where they received a call from NSW Health, one of whom had tested positive.
They returned to Sydney where a second mover also yielded a positive result.
All commercial furniture movers and deliverers in Covid’s ‘red zones’ were banned from entering Victoria for two weeks on July 16, when Victoria announced strict lockdown measures.
Victoria State Prime Minister Dan Andrews (pictured) said the movers are likely to be investigated
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews shared an alarming map Monday evening showing how hundreds of residents have now been directly exposed to the virus in the state.
Victoria registered 22 new locally acquired Covid cases on Wednesday, the first day of the extended seven-day lockdown.
It was the highest daily increase in Victoria since September during the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections in the state, but only six were in the community while contagious.
“What this means is that our contact tracers and our limitations are working together to defeat this virus,” Health Minister Martin Foley of Victoria.
“That should give us confidence that this process works, and it works because millions of Victorians support it and do the right thing.”
The state has 18,000 primary contacts and another 10,000 secondary contacts affected by the current outbreak that have been tracked and traced.
“If Victoria didn’t manage those secondary close contacts as tightly as we have now, the advice we have is that this virus would have already passed us by,” he said. ‘It’s not.
“It’s important, because this variant moves faster than any other variant we’ve seen.”
Victoria Police officers patrol a shopping center after an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne
A record nearly 60,000 tests have been conducted in Victoria in the past 24 hours, he said, and 98.8 percent of the results were delivered the same day.
Victoria’s Covid commander Jerome Weimar added: ’22 is a big number. It’s a big number. It might have looked alarming to those who saw the song.”
“But those 16 out of 22 completely isolated for their entire contagious period is a very good sign that has changed dramatically in recent days.
“I expect it to improve over time. We may even see no one who has spent an infectious period in the community within a few days.’
In the latest 22 cases, five are affiliated with Trinity Grammar School, with one staff member, two students and two roommates testing positive.
Phillip Island is still on high alert after overnight sewer tests again uncovered a potentially unknown infection and locals have been asked to continue testing.
Popular restaurant strip Hardware Lane in Melbourne’s CBD stands empty after announcing a seven-day lockdown extension
The state government has also unveiled an additional rescue package for businesses, especially in the snowfields hit hard by the latest lockdown.
The state government will provide an additional $282.5 million in business grants after the lockdown is extended.
The package includes licensed hospitality grants up to $7200, $25,000 grants for public events and vendors, and $7,000 for live performance hosts.
Alpine business operators eligible for prior grants of $15,000 will receive an additional $3,000, community sports organizations that have canceled events can receive $2,000, while small businesses not registered for GST can claim Commonwealth Disaster Payments.
The numbers come after a series of new locations were added to Victoria and New South Wales’ growing list of exposure locations, with Covid outbreaks across the country locking up more than 13 million people.
A person is jogging in Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake on Wednesday during lockdown
Among the sites in Victoria that have been exposed to the virus are a warehouse, a popular Aldi and a busy coffee shop, while a popular Coffs Harbor pub is also affected in NSW.
Mr Andrews, meanwhile, has shared an alarming map showing hundreds of residents in the southern state had already been directly exposed to the virus.
“This Delta variant is moving faster than anything our public health experts have seen before,” the state leader wrote in a Facebook post Monday evening.
“Ninety-six active cases, about 18,000 people in quarantine and hundreds of exposure sites from Phillip Island to the Mallee – all in just over a week.”
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VICTORIA’S NEW LOCKDOWN
– The lockdown will run from Thursday, July 15 at 11:59 pm to Tuesday, July 20 at 11:59 pm.
– There will be only five legitimate reasons to leave the house
1. Essential shopping
2. Two hours of daily exercise within a 5 km radius
3. To seek or provide medical care
4. Work or study that cannot be done from home.
5. To go grafting.
– Mouth caps are mandatory inside and outside
– Schools return to online learning
– 5km travel limit for essential tasks including shopping and sports
– If your company was closed during the last lockdown, they have to close this lockdown
– Catering only open for takeaway
– General retail is closed, as well as all non-essential businesses
– Visitors to the house are prohibited
– Funerals with a maximum of ten people, while weddings are prohibited
– Professional sports can continue but without crowds crowd
– Outdoor parks and playgrounds are open, but those inside have to close