, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections

There’s been a surprise increase in the amount of locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in Victoria. 

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

news.com.au July 21, 2021 8:56AM

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Last updated July 21, 2021 9:29AM AEST

There has been a surprise increase in Covid-19 locally transmitted cases with 22 recorded in the latest reporting period. 

It is a shock, with case numbers previously trended downwards. Nine were recorded yesterday, 13 on Monday, 16 on Sunday and 19 on Friday.

The lockdown is expected to end next Tuesday at midnight – taking Victorians into 185 days of hard lockdown since the start of the pandemic.

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, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government’s slow vaccine rollout saying the plan was always to remain in the suppression phase this year.

He told Adelaide’s fiveAA that they are actually about two-months ahead of the original plan to roll out the vaccine.

Listen to his full interview below.

AUDIO | PM Scott Morrison on FIVEaa Breakfast this morning defends the country’s vaccination program after millions of Australians are back in lockdown. pic.twitter.com/ZQa98O5kfB

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, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

mitchell.vanhomrigh

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government’s slow vaccine rollout saying the plan was always to remain in the suppression phase this year.

He told Adelaide’s fiveAA that they are actually about two-months ahead of the original plan to roll out the vaccine.

Listen to his full interview below.

AUDIO | PM Scott Morrison on FIVEaa Breakfast this morning defends the country’s vaccination program after millions of Australians are back in lockdown. pic.twitter.com/ZQa98O5kfB

— FIVEaa (@1395FIVEaa) July 20, 2021

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Sky News’ Laura Jayes is making the current situation easy to digest with the use of emojis.

😡Less than a month since the PM/Premiers agreed to a plan to live with Covid….It’s in tatters.

THEN:🔒They agreed “no unnecessary lockdowns”

NOW: 🚫 13M Australians are in lockdown

THEN: ✈️ Flight cap cut by 50% (Qld wanted 75%)

NOW: 🏃‍♀️Palaszczuk is in Tokyo

More 9am https://t.co/bshkFYvSXs

— Laura Jayes (@ljayes) July 20, 2021

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, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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Victorian health authorities have listed four new exposure sites in Melbourne’s inner east overnight.

The venues in Richmond are all tier two and linked to a cafe and retail outlet.

Status Quo PopUp, a specialty cafe and pop-up shop, is considered a tier-2 exposure site on July 14, 15, 16 and 17 from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

For the full list of exposure sites, visit the Victorian Health Department’s official website.

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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There have been calls for more testing clinics after swathes of people attended the venues on Wednesday morning.

Motorists were reporting up to eight-hour wait times at the Victoria Park testing station.

The long lines have prompted calls for more 24-hour testing clinics.

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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South Australia has recorded one new locally acquired Covid-19 this morning.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the additional case just after 7am, which takes Adelaide’s cluster to a total of six cases.

The state has been plunged into lockdown due to rising case numbers.

It has now been confirmed the new cases are the higly contagious Delta variant.

The outbreak was sparked by an 81-year-old man who completed hotel quarantine in Sydney after returning from Argentina with his daughter and flew to Adelaide on July 8.

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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Victoria’s Covid cases are heading in the right direction, according to a leading doctor.

Dr Tony Baretone said it was impressive that the virus appeared to be under control.

“Even though we have extended the lockdown here for another seven days, the numbers are trending in the right direction with the exception of that one mystery case,” he told Today.

“They are all linked back to the two source cases so that is a positive. But yes, we are in the middle of winter and that’s the peak time for transmission of viruses in this kind of situation so we have just got to be a bit more clever and a bit more circumspect and be ready to do all the right things.”

, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times
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, LIVE: Victoria records 22 new Covid-19 infections, Nzuchi Times

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A former Australian Medical Association president is concerned that the Covid-19 Delta is just as dangerous to young people.

Previous Alpha and Beta strains of the virus were found to be much more dangerous in older people.

Dr Stephen Parnis said it was a strange experience seeing that a teenager was in ICU with the virus.

“We know that the biggest, single risk factor for getting very sick with COVID is age but that doesn’t spare you if you are younger. You could be one of the smaller numbers who can get seriously ill,” he told Today.

He added, it could be more dangerous in young people as they are widely unvaccinated.

“One is that the new variant might be more aggressive, the concern is that those unvaccinated people are the ones most at risk and most likely to get sick.”

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