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A COVID-19 outbreak is feared in the Victoria area, with health workers being forced into isolation and the cluster now linked to cases at a Melbourne hospital. Health Secretary Martin Foley denies authorities have lost control of the state’s latest wave of infections, but admits that despite a Victorian lockdown, there is “great concern” about the extent of transmission in the community. The state officially registered 65 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 55 of which are related to current outbreaks and 10 mysterious cases. Only 12 were isolated while infectious. Mr Foley admitted that the cluster in Shepparton, north Victoria, would almost certainly grow beyond the 21 cases there, and late Sunday afternoon local officials confirmed that at least two more cases would be reported on Monday. The outbreak had already been traced to a fall 125 kilometers away in the town of Mansfield at the foot of the Victorian Alps. However, Department of Health Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said there was also strong suspicion that the Shepparton Cluster triggered the outbreak at Royal Melbourne Hospital, which has so far infected seven people – a mix of patients, staff and a visitor. She said a visitor to the hospital was believed to have been infected by a Shepparton man who had an operation on Aug. 12. He was not tested for COVID-19 prior to his surgery and was in different parts of the hospital including the intensive care unit and a cardiac clinic ward. Ms. Matson said hundreds of health workers have been temporarily laid off because of the risk of exposure. Another 50 will be isolated after a positive case was admitted to Werribee Mercy Hospital on Aug. 19. “I’m confident we have the contingency plans to keep this going.” Authorities listed more than 100 new exposure sites across Victoria on Saturday and around 11,000 close contacts are in quarantine. All public sector employees will be given up to half a day of paid time off to meet deadlines for the two stitches they need for full protection, Mr Foley announced on Sunday. He also promised a new vaccination flash for inpatient geriatric carers and disabled workers in government facilities, including walk-in vaccinations in more than 50 centers. There are now 20,000 regional Victorian businesses eligible for automatic cash payments of $ 5,600, or $ 2,800 per week, after being suspended again on Saturday. The state’s alpine resorts receive up to $ 20,000 per week, depending on the type of business and location, and approximately 2,000 regional hospitality companies receive payments of $ 5,000, $ 10,000, and $ 20,000 each, depending on the capacity of their venue Week. Victoria Minister for Industrial Support and Restoration Martin Pakula said the joint federal and state funding of $ 146.6 million was in line with support for metropolitan Melbourne. Victoria currently has 440 active cases with 27 people in the hospital, including 12 in intensive care. Australian Associated Press

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A COVID-19 outbreak is feared in the Victoria area, with health workers being forced into isolation and the cluster now linked to cases at a Melbourne hospital.

Health Secretary Martin Foley denies authorities have lost control of the state’s latest wave of infections, but admits that despite a Victorian lockdown, there is “great concern” about the extent of transmission in the community.

The state officially registered 65 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 55 of which are related to current outbreaks and 10 mysterious cases. Only 12 were isolated while infectious.

Mr Foley admitted that the cluster in Shepparton, north Victoria, would almost certainly grow beyond the 21 cases there, and late Sunday afternoon local officials confirmed that at least two more cases would be reported on Monday.

The outbreak had already been traced to a fall 125 kilometers away in the town of Mansfield at the foot of the Victorian Alps.

However, Department of Health Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said there was also strong suspicion that the Shepparton Cluster triggered the outbreak at Royal Melbourne Hospital, which has so far infected seven people – a mix of patients, staff and a visitor.

She said a visitor to the hospital was believed to have been infected by a Shepparton man who had an operation on Aug. 12.

He wasn’t tested for COVID-19 prior to his surgery and was in different parts of the hospital, including the intensive care unit and a cardiac unit.

Ms. Matson said hundreds of health workers have been temporarily laid off because of the risk of exposure. Another 50 will be isolated after a positive case was admitted to Werribee Mercy Hospital on Aug. 19.

“We are also examining the emergency staffing to maintain the health system,” she said on Sunday, but did not provide any information. “I’m confident we have the contingency plans to keep this going.”

Authorities listed more than 100 new exposure sites across Victoria on Saturday and around 11,000 close contacts are in quarantine.

All public sector employees are given up to half a day of paid time off to meet deadlines for the two stitches they need for full protection, Mr Foley announced on Sunday.

He also promised a new vaccination flash for inpatient elderly carers and the disabled in government facilities, including walk-in vaccinations in more than 50 centers.

There are now 20,000 regional Victorian businesses eligible for automatic cash payments of $ 5,600, or $ 2,800 per week, after being suspended again on Saturday.

The state’s alpine resorts receive up to $ 20,000 per week, depending on the type of business and location, and approximately 2,000 regional hospitality companies receive payments of $ 5,000, $ 10,000, and $ 20,000 each, depending on the capacity of their venue Week.

Victoria Minister for Industrial Support and Restoration Martin Pakula said the joint federal and state funding of $ 146.6 million was in line with support for metropolitan Melbourne.

Victoria currently has 440 active cases with 27 people in the hospital, including 12 in intensive care.

Australian Associated Press

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