A coronavirus-positive Victorian family who traveled to parts of southern New South Wales has a different coronavirus variant than other people linked to the current outbreak in Melbourne, according to Victorian authorities.
The state on Thursday extended stay-at-home orders for people arriving from Victoria for a week after the southern state extended the lockdown.
Anyone in NSW who has been in Victoria since 4pm on Thursday 27 May must now stay at home until at least 10 June.
A Melbourne family of four traveling to New South Wales was infected with the new strain of India’s Covid-19 virus (Photo: Restaurants closed during the Melbourne lockdown)
Victorian health authorities said Friday that a family of four in Melbourne who visited sites in southern NSW including Gundagai, Goulburn, Jervis Bay, Huskisson and Vincentia had a different strain of COVID-19 than other cases.
The couple and their two children have the ‘Delta’ strain of the virus, first found in India, rather than the ‘Kappa’ strain, which was also first found in India. The ‘Kappa’ strain was the dominant strain in Melbourne’s most recent outbreak.
This means that the source of the family’s infection is unknown.
The new strain is more contagious than the previous existing strain making up Victoria’s 64 active cases (Pictured: Health workers conduct COVID-19 testing at Montague Street center in South Melbourne, Friday 28 May 2021)
The outbreak is feared to have spread to NSW after a Melbourne family took a road trip through NSW
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* The Delta strain of coronavirus that has wreaked havoc in India and the UK has been detected in the latest Victoria outbreak.
* Brett Sutton, the state’s chief health officer, said the strain is not linked to any of the other cases in the current outbreak, meaning it is unrelated to the transmission.
* Genomic sequencing of two cases in a family from West Melbourne has shown that they are infected with the Delta variant. It remains unclear how those relatives, who also traveled to Jervis Bay in NSW, contracted the virus, but the possibility that they contracted the virus in NSW has not been ruled out.
* Victoria registered four new local cases on Friday, bringing that cluster in West Melbourne to seven.
* The total number of infections in the outbreak has reached 65, but one person has recovered, meaning there are 64 active cases.
* Victoria will receive an additional 142,000 doses of Pfizer in the coming week, in response to rising demand driven by an ongoing outbreak.
* The Pfizer vaccine will be available nationwide starting next week for all 40- to 49-year-olds.
*All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 16 now have access to vaccines.
* The Victorian and Federal Governments have approved the construction of a quarantine facility in that state, financing the Commonwealth and the state financing operations and conducting them.
* The cost of contingency payments in lockdown is split, with the federal government paying the households and the states supporting businesses.
* From mid-June there will also be mandatory reporting of vaccinations for aged care workers, but expert advice is being sought on the benefits and risks of mandatory vaccination of workers.
* The next national cabinet meeting will take place face-to-face in Darwin in early July.
*A group of return travelers quarantined at an Adelaide medi hotel has been relocated to another facility over concerns they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
* The 18 people were moved from the Peppers Hotel to the Pullman Hotel on Friday after a toddler sent back a positive test this week.
*Plans to increase maximum capacity of the Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility are lagging, along with NT Health’s recruiting campaign for the center.
*Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insists her plan for a quarantine camp is not dead, despite the federal government striking a deal to build a center in Victoria. She says there is still “a lot of negotiation” with the Commonwealth.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* 4,786,362 doses have been delivered through Thursday during the nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccination, including 143,659 in the last 24 hours.
* Of the total, 3,030,828 were administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 86,406 in the last 24 hours).
* 2,660,233 were spent in primary care (+81,255) and 370,595 in facilities for the elderly and disabled (+5151).
* 1,755,534 are administered by the states and territories, including 57,253 in the last 24 hours.
* 557,794 have been administered in Victoria (+21,475), 477,265 in NSW (+15,410), 255,946 in Queensland (+10,091), 183,397 in Western Australia (+3,962), 119,292 in South Australia (+3411), 71,622 in Tasmania (+0), 52,596 in the ACT (+1242) and 37,622 in the NT (+1662).
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported four new locally acquired virus cases on Friday, all in Victoria.
* Three new overseas acquired cases have been registered in hotel quarantine: two in Victoria and one in South Australia.
* National death toll is 910: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3 (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW are included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: minimum 172,161,792
* Deaths: minimum 3,701,814
* Vaccine doses administered: minimum 2,011,372,042
Data current as of 1700 AEST on June 4, taking into account federal and state/territory government updates and numbers from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.