Daniel Andrews reveals size of Victoria’s prolonged lockdown as “fleeting” contact causes new Covid circumstances | Victoria

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews will announce Tuesday how long the state’s fifth lockdown is expected to last as health officials scramble to control an outbreak of the Delta variant.

The state announced 13 new Covid-19 cases on Monday with more than 15,800 close contacts and 250 exposure sites. Four more cases have been reported, which will be included in Tuesday’s numbers.

But the new cases were all related to existing cases and were all contagious in the community for less than two days on average, said chief health officer Brett Sutton.

With cases spanning the state and transmission reoccurring after “fleeting” contact between strangers, Andrews said it was not possible for the state to get out of the lockdown after five days as he had hoped.

“We’re running next to this virus, but we’re not before it,” he said.

“If you look at it like a fire, we have a line of containment and we are making significant progress, but it is not yet complete.

“What we know at Delta is that an hour is like a day, and a day is, in a way, like a week, it moves so fast.”

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Andrews said if the state hadn’t locked up at this point – and if he didn’t move on Monday to extend the lockdown – he’d find himself in a similar situation to the Sydney area.

“I think if we know what we know now, having seen what happened over the past four days during this lockdown, we know that if we were open we would be just like Sydney.

“We would have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cases. We would not look to a short lockdown, but something completely different. “

Andrews exhibited stricter border restrictions with NSW after the Victorian lockdown ended and said that while he was happy with the current measures and compliance with the permitting system was high, further action may be required.

“We will have an ongoing challenge to defend the border with the north and to make sure that no one who has this virus comes into our state. That’s for another day. “

Sutton said contact tracers had found cases of transmission between strangers who were separated at sporting events at the MCG and AAAMI parks.

Those who became infected had been outside the venues most of the time. The hypothesis is that the transmission may have happened at inlet gates if people who weren’t seated together could come in contact, Sutton said.

Sutton said he was particularly concerned of Monday’s cases about transmission that occurred within 30 hours of the source of infection with the virus. This case is related to the Crafty Squire, which hosted an event for the final of the Euro 2020 football tournament last week.

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