No test, no entry in NSW as Victoria's cases surge

Grant Boone
June 28, 2020

A medical professional administers a test to a member of the public at a pop-up Covid-19 testing facility in Melbourne June 26, 2020.

Victoria's deputy chief health officer, Dr Annaliese van Diemen, said on Friday that of the new cases in the state, seven were linked to known outbreaks while five were detected in hotel quarantine.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.

Virtually a 3rd of returned travellers in resort quarantine in Victoria are refusing to be examined for coronavirus, as bacterial infections in the condition carry on to soar.

That was the message sent to thousands of Melburnians in two suburbs directly impacted by today's sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

In line with the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health strongly discourages travel to and from areas of Melbourne with COVID-19 outbreaks until control of community transmission has been contained.

"The reason that Australia is doing relatively well in terms of the virus is because of the testing regimes and we know how important they are", she told ABC television.

However, the announcement that testing is optional has angered some in the community.

Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen
Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen

Following elevated instances in Victoria, the place the variety of new coronavirus diagnoses has grown by double-digits on daily basis for the previous week, NSW has introduced it is going to flip away soccer followers from the southern state.

To minimise the risk of virus transmission it is essential that all people who have been directed into home isolation and quarantine arrangements follow these directions, and that everyone continues to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres and regularly wash their hands. Since 29 March, 105 of those symptomatic returned travellers have been found positive. One case is a 12-year-old student of Camden high school.

Van Diemen said health authorities were working closely with supermarket chain Coles to undertake contact tracing for two cases that worked at the distribution centre in Laverton.

But an interesting situation has unfolded in Victoria as the state grapples with a spike in cases. A total of 58 cases are being treated by NSW Health, with none in intensive care.

Paramedics perform COVID19 tests in Broadmeadows after Victoria State Government Health and Human Services people knock on doors to check if people have any symptoms.

A testing clinic has been set up at Camden Hospital anyone linked to Camden High School who has been unwell or has flu-like symptoms has been urged to get tested.

The contaminated scholar is believed to have attended college all week.

A record total of 23,733 tests were notified in the reporting period, NSW Health said. However, the kid reportedly had not attended college throughout the week.

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