“We apologise and acknowledge the inconvenience, but that inconvenience is nothing compared to a third wave, because that will be so hard for every single Victorian. We need to do everything we can do to stop that.”
An online portal for those in NSW seeking an exemption to come back to Victoria launched yesterday, with around 800 people applying for an exemption so far through that means.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said he was “still pretty concerned” about the situation in Victoria when it comes to the virus, despite no cases being reported on Wednesday, due to the remaining Vermont South mystery case.
“When he acquired it, it was probably going back into before Christmas now. We are coming back into 14 days after that,” he said on Thursday.
“We would hope with 180,000 tests completed, if there was anyone else that has been infected by that person, it would have shown up by now. But we do need to make sure everyone is tested. It would ideally be nice to find where that (case) came from.”
He said it was currently “impossible” to decipher if the case was separate from the Black Rock cluster, where a number of people were infected after visiting the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant in the Melbourne beachside suburbs on December 21.
The housemate of the man in his 30s who tested positive on Wednesday is now showing symptoms, but test results are still pending.
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