COVID numbers give hope


Tara Murray

Victorians are eagerly awaiting to hear whether COVID-19 restrictions will ease this week.

On Monday, 11 new local cases were announced, all of which were linked to known outbreaks and were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

It is the second day in a row that all cases have been in quarantine while infectious, increasing hopes that restrictions will ease tonight.

Victorians were plunged into lockdown at 11.59pm on July 15, following a number of positive cases across the state as a result of two virus incursions from Sydney.

That lockdown was meant to last five days but was increased by a week due to the number of cases and exposure sites.

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that he was confident the lockdown wouldn’t be extended again, but some restrictions would remain.

“These numbers are the trend that we wanted to see, these numbers are more than promising, but we just have to wait and see what comes through tomorrow and Tuesday to be certain that we can ease restrictions,” he said.

“I will foreshadow, there will still be rules after midnight Tuesday, it’ll be important that we all follow them.”

The health department has identified six exposure sites in Brimbank.

The department listed Calder Park BP outbound, McDonald’s Delahey and The Helping Hands Mission op shop in Sunshine as tier one exposure sites.

Anyone who visited Calder Park BP outbound on July 11 between 11.15am and 11.45am, Helping Hands Mission on July 12 between 10.30am and 12.30pm or McDonald’s Delahey between 10pm on July 13 and 6.30am on July 14 or 11pm on July 15 and 2.30am on July 16 must get tested and isolate for 14 days.

Aldi Keilor Central was identified as a tier two site on July 14 between 5.30pm and 6.40pm. Anyone who visited the store during that time must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Coles Ardeer was listed as a tier two site. Anyone visited the store on July 14 between 7am and 7.40am, and 9.20pm and 10.15pm, must get a test and isolate until they get a negative result.

BR International Logistics in Derrimut has been named as an exposure site for six days. Anyone who was at the site between 12am on July 13 through to 11.59pm on July 19, must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Meanwhile, St Albans Meadows Primary School had a positive case linked to the site.