Instances stay excessive as Premier Daniel Andrews considers extra postcode lockdowns


The primary dose of coronavirus vaccine COVAX-19 is beginning human trials at South Australia’s Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The 40 wholesome volunteers, aged between 18 and 65, might be injected twice with the drug or a placebo three weeks aside.

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Researcher Nikolai Petrovksy stated the drug was not a part of the virus and volunteers weren’t liable to contracting the virus by way of the injection.

“It is going to stimulate your immune system to make antibodies which are then capable of kill the virus,” he stated.

If part one of many trial proved profitable, COVAX-19 – which was funded by the US – could be examined abroad and could possibly be prepared for distribution in six months.

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A driver is given a COVID-19 test at a pop-up site in Broadmeadows, Melbourne. Picture: Daniel Pockett
A driver is given a COVID-19 check at a pop-up website in Broadmeadows, Melbourne. Image: Daniel Pockett

Victoria recorded 66 new coronavirus circumstances in a single day, a complete of 2368 for the state, Premier Daniel Andrews introduced this morning.

Seventeen circumstances had been linked to contained outbreaks, one from lodge quarantine, 20 circumstances from routine testing and 28 stay underneath investigation.

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However persons are nonetheless refusing to be examined for the lethal virus with Victoria’s Well being Minister Jenny Mikakos with greater than 10,000 Victorians declining to date.

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“That could be for a variety of causes, together with that they could have already been examined in a special location,” she stated.

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“We’re analysing that information to see precisely why persons are refusing, however it’s regarding that some individuals imagine that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it received’t influence on them, so what I need to stress right here is that coronavirus is a really contagious virus.”

Greater than 1064 exams have been carried out for the reason that suburban blitz began final week, with 95,000 doorways knocked on and 449 confirmed coronavirus circumstances.

Ms Mikakos stated the 3064, 3047, 3031 and 3060 postcodes had recorded probably the most circumstances within the suburban testing blitz.

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Residents dwelling within the 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021 and 3046 postcodes are solely allowed to go away their houses for 4 causes: grocery purchasing, care giving causes, every day train and college or work functions. These restrictions might be in place till July 29.

Mr Andrews stated the State Authorities would think about over the weekend whether or not extra suburbs would go into lockdown.

He stated officers would bear a three-step course of, primarily based off information, the place a neighborhood authorities space is assessed, earlier than narrowing down precedence suburbs with a excessive charge of lively circumstances.

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There are additionally recent fears for college students after Melbourne recorded its first student-to-student transmission coronavirus case yesterday.

It raised fears for when workers and college students return to the classroom in time period three.

Victoria’s chief well being officer Brett Sutton confirmed of yesterday’s 77 new circumstances throughout the state there had been transmission between college students and between lecturers at a number of colleges.

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5 new circumstances had been linked to Albanvale Major College positioned in a COVID-19 sizzling spot in Melbourne’s west, whereas two new circumstances had been linked to Al-Taqwa Faculty in Truganina.

Mr Andrews was tight-lipped over allegations unqualified and ill-trained safety guards had been deployed to take care of the State Authorities’s quarantine program in a minimum of 15 Melbourne resorts.

A judicial inquiry will probe the scandal with a report due on September 25.

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The Northern Territory reported a brand new confirmed case of coronavirus for the primary time since April 6 yesterday, with the person in his 30s who examined optimistic returning to Darwin from a Melbourne sizzling spot.

NT Well being Minister Natasha Fyles stated he had quarantined in Melbourne after getting back from abroad, after which hung out with household in one of many metropolis’s sizzling spots.

A Woolworths worker additionally sparked a well being scare yesterday after he examined optimistic for coronavirus whereas quarantining in Melbourne however was allowed to return to Sydney.

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The person examined optimistic after flying into Melbourne from Bangladesh on June 11, however was cleared to be launched from the lodge quarantine after 14 days inside.

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