Shepparton News

Regional Vic still in the clear

MYSTERY CASES BEING INVESTIGAT­ED, WHILE SHEPP REMAINS ON ALERT AMID WASTEWATER VIRUS DETECTION

- By Caitlin Cassidy

Victoria recorded 24 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases yesterday with all but six cases in isolation throughout their entire infectious period.

Regional Victoria still remains in the clear, with no new cases detected outside of metropolit­an Melbourne since the latest outbreak began, despite a string of positive wastewater tests.

Twenty of yesterday’s new cases were linked to current outbreaks, and the source of four cases remained under investigat­ion by health authoritie­s.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the current Delta outbreak was disproport­ionately affecting children, with more than 100 of the 246 active cases in the state aged under 19.

Fifty-six cases are children aged nine or under.

Of Victoria’s ongoing mystery cases, 15 in the St Kilda area are causing concern among health authoritie­s with ‘‘a number’’ of chains of transmissi­on yet to be connected to ongoing outbreaks.

“They’re all very, very different . . . there is no connection bar anything apart from geography within that cluster,” Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said.

Exposure sites rose above 500 on Wednesday, including a Carlton apartment block, but none had been added in regional Victoria since the latest Delta outbreak began.

Shepparton remains on high alert after the second recording of a positive COVID-19 wastewater test in the region.

Anyone in Shepparton, Orrvale and Kialla with ‘‘the slightest’’ of COVID-19 symptoms has been urged to get tested.

A GV Health spokespers­on said COVID-19 tests across its hubs had doubled since the virus was first detected in the Shepparton catchment’s wastewater on Wednesday, August 11.

COVID-19 fragments have also been detected in wastewater at Lakes Entrance, with no new cases to have emerged so far.

Yesterday’s new cases were detected from 39,832 test results, with 27,173 vaccine doses administer­ed across state-run sites.

There are 12 people being treated for COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals including two people in intensive care.

A record 633 cases of COVID-19 were reported in NSW yesterday, with case numbers expected to rise further in the coming days.

There were three further COVID-19-related deaths — a man in his 60s and two men in their 70s.

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