Victoria recorded another big spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday as it was revealed a “super spreader” may be behind the second wave.
July 2, 2020 11:24PM
Last updated July 3, 2020 1:43PM AEST
There are 66 new coronavirus cases in Victoria today, including 28 from an unknown source, the Premier says.
Premier Daniel Andrews said that of the 66 new cases, 17 are connected to contained outbreaks, one is connected to hotel quarantine, 20 are from routine testing and 28 are from an unknown source.
There are 23 Victorians in hospital, including six in intensive care.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has revealed there may be a “super spreader” responsible for a surge in cases in northern and western Melbourne.
The advice was delivered to the minister in a genomic sequencing report on Tuesday.
It was also revealed today that more than 10,000 people refused tests and many did so because they do not believe the virus is real.
“We are analysing that data to see exactly why people are refusing, but it is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won’t impact on them,” Ms Mikakos said.
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The Rydges Hotel in Melbourne, one of two hotels hosting overseas arrivals in 14-day quarantine, has responded to recent reports about security failings.
Another case was today linked to Victoria’s hotel quarantine cluster.
Woolies has just sent through an email updating what the supermarket giant will do as cases of COVID-19 surge in Victoria.
Nurses will be in place across “hotspot stores” and at Victorian distribution centres and customer online fulfilment centres, a spokesperson said.
“Compulsory temperature checks are also taking place for all team members at these sites.”
Mandatory purchasing limits have been placed on a number of items listed below:
● Frozen Potatoes
● Frozen Fruit
● Frozen Fish
● Frozen Poultry
● Pre-packed Sausages -from the meat dept
● Pre-packed Burger Patties – from the meat dept
● Pre-packed Carrots
● Pre-packed Potatoes
● Chilled Fresh Milk
● Bread Loaves – from the bakery dept
● Frozen Pizza
● Frozen Party Snacks
● Frozen Meals
● Frozen Seafood
● Chilled Juice
● Pre-packed Bacon
In case you missed the big news out of Victoria this morning
- There were 66 new cases recorded overnight.
- Of those, 28 were passed on by an unknown source.
- Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said 10,000 Victorians have refused testing.
- A new report suggests Victoria has a “super spreader”.
- There are 28 Victorians in hospital and six in intensive care.
- Postcodes with biggest spikes are 3064, 3047, 3031 and 3060.
Richmond, St Kilda, Carlton, North Melbourne, Essendon and the Western Bulldogs heading north to Queensland hubs.
Our sports editor Jai Bednall has the latest after the news was announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today.
“Essentially Queensland is going to be the home of the AFL, they should give us the grand final after this,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Four teams are going to be on the Gold Coast and two on the Sunshine Coast.
“There will be a lot more matches at the Gabba and Metricon and of course our capacity is 50 per cent of the public being able to go see these sports stars in action.”
In case you missed it earlier, former NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin has had his fine alleging a breach of coronavirus travel restrictions withdrawn.
He was fined $1000 earlier this year for travelling between Sydney and his holiday home at Pearl Beach on the Central Coast despite bans on non-essential travel.
In April 10, Mr Harwin offered his resignation to Premier Gladys Berejiklian despite being confident he had “acted in accordance” with the state’s public health orders.
“There is nothing more important than the work of the government in fighting the coronavirus crisis,” he said in a statement at the time.
“I will not allow my circumstances to be a distraction from that work and I very much regret that my residential arrangements have become an issue during this time.
“At all times I have sought to act in accordance with public health orders and I sought advice that my living arrangements complied with those orders.”
Mr Harwin’s matter, of failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health order requirement, came before Magistrate Peter Barnett SC at Gosford Local Court on Friday.
It was dismissed and withdrawn by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Very different situation, but perhaps this is a good time to reflect on how far removed Australia is from the very worst of the crisis.
The US state of Florida today reported more than 10,000 new cases, which marked a single-day record. There were 6563 cases the day before.
It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average.
Victoria recorded 66 new cases on Friday, a day after recording 77 new cases.
Premier Daniel Andrews said at a press conference this morning he was relatively pleased to see the cases were remaining steady rather than doubling every day.
NSW authorities are addressing the media now.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has an update on the man who worked two shifts at a Balmain Woolworths store while infectious over the weekend.
“It was likely he had very low levels of infectiousness at the time (he worked),” she said.
She thanked people from Sydney’s inner west community who “heeded our messages” to get tested today.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard used the press conference to ask his colleagues in Victoria for more help protecting the border.
“I’m strongly of the view that they need to be implementing a screening process at the train stations in Victoria,” he said.
“One (thing to look at) would be identification before they get on a train.”
The Premier warned residents in Victoria living outside “hot zones” that they may soon be locked down, too.
“You don’t have to live in a hot spot postcodes to follow the rules, and if people don’t follow the rules then you will be living in a hot spot postcode because I will have no choice but to shut down more and more parts of our city and potentially our state,” Mr Andrews said.
Victoria recorded 66 new cases on Friday, including 28 from an unknown source.
“We don’t want to get to (locking down more suburbs),” the Premier said.
“If you are sick, the only thing you should be doing is coming forward and getting tested.
“You can’t go to work, you can’t visit friends, you can’t pretend that you aren’t sick. This thing is so wildly infectious. It only takes one person, one person, and you can finish up with entire suburbs locked down.”