The outbreak of Victoria’s Delta has been ‘plated’ and could still be reduced to zero, despite the state registering 73 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, state health officials insisted.
The new infections — only 24 of which were isolated during their contagious period — are another blow to the Andrews administration’s goal of completely suppressing the outbreak.
Health Minister Martin Foley said the steady spread of cases indicates that the state’s strict social distancing restrictions are beginning to take effect.
“We hope the situation has escalated, and there are all indications that the measures are starting to be implemented,” he said.
Foley said he was confident the state restrictions – including a 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm curfew in Melbourne – would mean Victoria could ease restrictions even before the state reaches 70 percent vaccination coverage.
Victoria’s Delta outbreak has a ‘plateau’ and could still be reduced to zero, Health Minister Martin Foley said Monday
“We now have public health restrictions in several iterations for the better part of 18 months,” he said.
‘I think we can work on the basis that if we are successful [in driving down the spread of cases] there will be other restrictions.’
A Victorian nurse, meanwhile, revealed the toll the virus took on her patients when she urged residents of the state to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
‘[Ward nurses] come up to me and say, ‘Kylie, it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. These patients are young and fit and the next moment they are taken to the ICU,” said Kylie Fischer, manager of WestCritical Care Outreach Services.
‘These are senior ICU nurses who’ve seen it all before, they’ve all done it.
“I’ll probably ask them to do it all again. They will, but they don’t have to.’
Senior government ministers reportedly considered reversing some of the measures after being briefed by the public health team on Sunday.
Reopening playgrounds, returning 12th-year students to the classroom, lifting the 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew and the removal of the five-kilometer travel rule are among the possible changes.
A final decision is expected to be made on Tuesday as the state government considers what the lockdown will look like after Thursday.
Re-opening playgrounds, sending 12-year-old students back to class, lifting the 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew and scrapping the three-mile travel rule are some of the possible changes
Victorian epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said the virus has now spread too far for health officials to contain the outbreak and reach zero cases, and measures intended to achieve that fading hope should be scrapped.
“If parents understand how to let their kids play safely in playgrounds…where not a lot of kids are climbing on the same device…you can find some sort of safe compromise,” said Dr. Bennett. The age.
“This doesn’t rely on kids to do the right thing, but means parents know how to use those playgrounds by being really aware of inter-household transfer.”
12th grade students could be allowed to return to the classroom as senior government officials consider what restrictions could be eased
The director of the Grattan Institute’s health program, Stephen Duckett, has proposed reopening cafes and lifting the three-mile travel limit for fully vaccinated residents in an effort to ease the mental strain on state residents who have been living for more than a decade. years have to deal with progressive lockdowns.
He argued that strict measures could be relaxed for regions that had recorded zero Covid cases, while remaining in place in hotspots such as Shepparton, where there were 94 active cases.
“This would not mean abandoning a COVID control target; it would simply mean recognizing the reality that the primary goal is to protect the public and the hospital system, and that we can still achieve that with a lighter touch,” he said.
Paul Guerra, CEO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he expected the curfew and three-mile travel limit to be lifted. He has also called for businesses to reopen in regional Victoria.
“Businesses across Victoria are in crisis,” he said.
“They are incredibly frustrated that despite doing everything that has been asked of them – COVID safe plans, QR code check-ins, adhering to density limits and, for many, closing their doors and laying down staff – there is still there is no clear path to how or when they can open.’
On Sunday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that the sixth lockdown in the state would be extended beyond September 2.
However, computational epidemiologist Mikhail Prokopenko insisted that the restrictions remain in place until the state achieves the ambitious goal of fully targeting 80 percent of the population, which is unlikely to be achieved this year.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced that the sixth lockdown in the state would be extended beyond Sept. 2.
“We’re seeing far too many cases today to seriously consider opening later this week,” Andrews said.
Despite the numbers, he promised there was “still a chance” the state’s case count will return to zero.
Two-thirds of the state’s active cases are in Melbourne’s north and west.
“That’s not to distinguish the north or the west, but … that’s where the cases are and that’s where the extra effort needs to be made,” Mr Andrews said.
Doctor Amrooha Hussain in the western suburbs told reporters at Sunday’s press conference that she continued to see people wait up to two weeks after symptoms started before taking a Covid test.
Sunday’s tally is a jump from the previous day’s local number of cases of 64, and the highest number of new cases on record since early September 2020, as the state battled the second wave of the virus.
Computer epidemiologist Mikhail Prokopenko urged restrictions to remain in effect until 80 percent of state is fully stabbed
She said entire families with young children were infected.
“It’s hard enough to take care of one sick child, but when there are several sick children, and the caregivers themselves are unwell, it’s quite a challenge for those families,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mr Andrews said the Prime Minister had promised him in a talk on Saturday that NSW would no longer receive ‘preferential treatment’ over Victoria in the distribution of vaccines.
“We didn’t begrudge them extra doses, but we’re locked up, they’re locked up and the need is just as great here,” said Mr Andrews.
Meanwhile, Mr Andrews said the Prime Minister promised him in a talk on Saturday that NSW would no longer receive ‘preferential treatment’ in the distribution of vaccines