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Paramedics test positive for coronavirus in Victoria as the state struggles with second-wave horror

Two paramedics test positive for the Victoria coronavirus as the state struggles with the second wave of horror

  • Two paramedics tested positive for coronavirus in Victoria on Tuesday
  • Victoria recorded a second day of record infections with 191 new cases
  • Melbourne residents will be locked again from Wednesday 23:59
  • It takes six weeks for people to leave home alone for food and supplies

Two Victorian paramedics have tested positive for coronavirus, as the state confirmed a record number of new cases on Tuesday.

The paramedics are standing on their own, and contact investigations are currently underway, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

In total, four paramedics from Ambulance Victoria have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Victoria recorded a second day of record infections on Tuesday with 191 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 772 and an increase of 710 in four weeks.

A paramedic in one of the nine public housing estates compulsory in Melbourne

A paramedic in one of the nine public housing estates compulsory in Melbourne

Medical personnel wearing PPE material are about to enter Flemington Public Housing flats on July 5

Medical personnel wearing PPE material are about to enter Flemington Public Housing flats on July 5

Medical personnel wearing PPE material are about to enter Flemington Public Housing flats on July 5

On Wednesdays from 11:59 p.m., residents of metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, north of the city, can leave the house on their own to buy food and supplies, and for exercise, medical care, or work.

This means that the state may still no longer be able to accept returning travelers after the temporary diversion of international flights to other states ends next week.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says he focuses on addressing the wave of coronavirus cases in the community and forcing a return to three limitations.

“Our focus, rightly, is on handling additional cases, addressing outbreaks and doing everything we can to enforce these locks and make them work,” he said.

“At the end of this two-week break, we may not be able to continue taking returning travelers.”

Medical personnel are told to wear face masks to control the spread of the virus in Victoria.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says he focuses on addressing the wave of coronavirus cases in the community and forcing a return to three limitations

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says he focuses on addressing the wave of coronavirus cases in the community and forcing a return to three limitations

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says he focuses on addressing the wave of coronavirus cases in the community and forcing a return to three limitations

Pictured: Employees help deliver food to residents to an enclosed residential tower in North Melbourne

Pictured: Employees help deliver food to residents to an enclosed residential tower in North Melbourne

Pictured: Employees help deliver food to residents to an enclosed residential tower in North Melbourne

Brett Sutton, state chief health officer, says it is a reasonable measure for employees in health institutions to wear face masks.

“Where community transmission is not negligible … masks are reasonable to wear where you cannot physically distance yourself. But we are working on some communication material and I will say more about that in the coming days, ‘he said Tuesday.

Professor Sutton said the advice was in line with statements made by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

Western Health has taken extra precautions to ensure that all personnel wear personal protective equipment, whether on the frontline or not.

All of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire north of the city will be locked up again on Wednesday for six weeks from 11:59 PM after Victoria registered 191 new cases of coronavirus – the worst figure yet. Picture: a map with the suburbs closed

A passenger with a protective mask arrives on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney on Tuesday.  The federal government will review JobKeeper later this month

A passenger with a protective mask arrives on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney on Tuesday.  The federal government will review JobKeeper later this month

A passenger with a protective mask arrives on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney on Tuesday. The federal government will review JobKeeper later this month

Employees must wear a surgical mask, face shield, or eye protection, a spokeswoman told AAP.

The measures have been in effect since July 1 at key facilities in COVID-19 hotspots, including Footscray and Joan Kirner women’s and children’s hospitals.

This was extended to Williamstown and Sunbury Day hospitals on Tuesday.

Visitors and outpatient clinics must also wear an supplied surgical mask since late June.

It comes after Northern Hospital confirmed on Monday that seven emergency responders tested positive for the virus within five days.

The Rail, Bus and Tram Union has called for masks to be made mandatory on Victoria’s public transport system.

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