MCG listed as exposure site after Victoria records seven new COVID-19 cases

MCG listed as exposure site after Victoria records seven new COVID-19 cases

The city of Melbourne is once again on high alert after a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 attended an AFL match at the MCG over the weekend and an outbreak connected to a removalist from Sydney continues to grow.

The state formally reported just one new community transmission today, but Victoria's COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says early this morning seven new infections were picked up.

While contact tracing and interviews are still underway to determine the potential spread of the virus in Melbourne, health authorities were able to discern that one of the new cases attended the MCG on the weekend.

As such, the AFL game between Carlton and Geelong at the MCG on 10 July has been listed as an exposure site.

Of the seven new cases, most are connected to the removalist from Sydney who breached freight conditions by not wearing a mask while visiting the Ariele apartment complex on 8 July.

The cases mentioned by Weimar today include a man in his 60s who live at the apartment complex, that man's 89 and 90-year-old parents, and three members of a household who also live at the apartment complex.

The man who attended the AFL match also visited Highpoint shopping centre on 9 July, so that centre has been listed as an exposure site too.

Weimar has encouraged anyone who visited the Highpoint centre on 9 July between 10am and 2pm to come forward and get tested.

"This is clearly a very rapidly moving situation, we're very keen to make sure we get a firm grip on this as soon as we possibly can," Weimar said.

"We've talked about the outstanding performance collectively that all Victorians have undertaken to get on top of these waves, and we are being tested again now.

"This is a significant challenge to us with two separate chains of transmission running."

Updated at 2.12pm AEST on 14 July 2021.

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

Crypto staking: a new way to earn passive income
Partner Content
You may be familiar with traditional ways of earning passive income such as trading sto...
Etoro
Advertisement

Related Stories

“No one plans for these things”: Metricon acting CEO denies crisis rumours following founder’s death

“No one plans for these things”: Metricon acting CEO denies crisis rumours following founder’s death

Just days after the sudden and unexpected death of Metricon founder...

Surge in travel demand sees Webjet return to profit

Surge in travel demand sees Webjet return to profit

Travel booking platform Webjet (ASX: WEB) is back in the black as t...

How tech rebooted economics and platforms broke the invisible hand

How tech rebooted economics and platforms broke the invisible hand

Growing evidence and new research explain the evolution of economic...

Monash IVF to enter WA market after agreeing initial $9.4m deal to acquire fertility provider PIVET

Monash IVF to enter WA market after agreeing initial $9.4m deal to acquire fertility provider PIVET

Reproductive care specialist Monash IVF Group (ASX: MVF) has e...