Victoria has recorded a further 26 Covid-19 cases overnight as hundreds more residents were ordered into self-isolation after a famous downtown market was exposed to the virus.
The state’s health ministry said the new cases were all linked to known outbreaks.
Thursday’s rise is the highest daily rise in Victoria since Sept. 18 last year, when the state was hit by a deadly second wave of cases.
Meanwhile, South East Melbourne’s Prahran Market has been declared a prime exposure spot after a shopper visited at least six stalls while contagious.
Anyone who was on the market between 9:40 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on July 17 must be tested and self-isolated for 14 days.
“We have just learned that a confirmed COVID-positive shopper visited Prahran Market on Saturday, July 17 between 9:40 AM and 11:15 AM,” a market spokesperson said.
A BWS and a Woolworths supermarket were overnight among a series of other locations billed as Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria.
The locations were listed Wednesday night after 22 new local cases as Victorians made it through their first day of the extended seven-day lockdown put in place to stem the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain.
The BWS liquor store in Caulfield North, south-east Melbourne, was exposed to the virus between 3:25pm and 3:50pm on July 15.
Those who have passed the bottle shop during these times will be required to isolate for 14 days regardless of a Covid test result.
A BWS and a Woolworths supermarket are among the string of new locations in Victoria exposed to Covid-19. The BWS liquor store in Caulfield North, south-east Melbourne, was exposed to the virus between 3:25 PM and 3:50 PM on July 15.
The adjacent Woolworths supermarket was also listed at the same time, but those who frequented the store are just casual contacts meaning they only need to isolate themselves until they get a negative result.
The popular Craigieburn Central shopping center in Melbourne’s north was also exposed to the virus, with shoppers visiting the center from 3pm-6:15pm on July 15 being urged to get tested and isolate immediately.
Anyone who attended Sunbury Square Medical Center on July 19 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM will also be required to isolate for two weeks regardless of a negative Covid result
NEW VICTORIAN SITES ON COVID ALERT
Anyone who has visited the following locations during the times listed will be required to isolate for 14 days regardless of a result:
Sunbury, Sunbury Square Medical Center on July 19 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mildura, Solunar Cafe on July 12 from 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Yarra Trams – Route 109 (Glenferrie Rd & Cotham Rd, stop 36 to, Narrak Rd & Whitehorse Rd, stop 51) on July 15 from 3:20 PM – 3:38 PM
Caulfield North, BWS Caulfield North on July 15 from 3:25 PM – 3:50 PM
Craigieburn, TK Maxx Craigieburn on July 15 from 15:15 – 16:40
Anyone who has visited the following locations should isolate themselves until a negative test result is given:
Endeavor Hills, Shell Coles Express Endeavor Hills on July 15 from 16:38 – 16:55
Caulfield North, Woolworths Metro Caulfield North on July 15 from 3:25 PM – 3:50 PM
Narre Warren North, Australia Post Shop – Narre Warren North LPO on July 16 from 12:05 PM – 12:30 PM
Craigieburn, Craigieburn Central on July 15 from 3:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Bentleigh, Coles Bentleigh on July 15 from 6:15 AM – 6:45 AM and July 16 from 6:20 AM – 6:45 AM
Bentleigh, Fifth Chapter on July 15 from 12:50 PM – 1:15 PM
Bentleigh, Rec Xpress 24/7 Fitness on July 15 from 05:00 – 06:40
Wednesday’s 22 new locally-acquired cases are 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.
The state has 18,000 primary contacts and another 10,000 secondary contacts affected by the current outbreak that have been tracked and traced.
Meanwhile, those who visited the Sunbury Square Medical Center in Sunbury, northwest of Melbourne’s CBD, from 6pm-8:30pm in July will have to be in isolation for two weeks regardless of their Covid test results.
The same rules apply to dinners at the Solunar Cafe in Mildura, northwest Victoria on July 12 from 2:15 PM to 2:30 PM.
The locations were listed Wednesday night after 22 new local cases registered in Victoria as residents make it through their first day of the extended seven-day lockdown to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain
Only six of the new infections recorded in Victoria on Wednesday were in the community while contagious (pictured residents walking in Melbourne’s CBD)
Craigieburn Central shopping center in Melbourne’s north was also exposed to the virus, and shoppers visiting the center from 3pm to 6:15pm on 15 July were asked to be tested and isolated immediately.
Victorians are in the midst of their fifth lockdown due to a recent coronavirus outbreak (photo vaccination clinic on Melbourne’s Chapel Street)
A tram service in the city of Yarra has also been put on Covid alert, as has an Australian postal shop in Narre Warren North, south-east Melbourne.
The growing list of exposed sites across the state is bad news for Victorians in the midst of their fifth lockdown.
However, the health minister, Martin Foley, said it was positive that there were so few cases in the community while they were contagious.
“What this means is that our contact tracers and our limitations are working together to defeat this virus,” Mr Foley said.
“That should give us confidence that this process works, and it works because millions of Victorians support it and do the right thing.”
Victoria’s Covid commander Jerome Weimar added: ’22 is a big number. It’s a big number. It may have looked alarming to those who saw the song appear.
“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.
A Melbourne retailer sets up takeout during lockdown
The Fifth Chapter restaurant in Bentleigh in Melbourne’s southeast has also been added to the Covid exposure sites
Health workers are seen at a drive-through test clinic in Melbourne on Wednesday woensdag