Victoria’s health authorities have released a list of 27 public exposure sites for coronavirus cases, including a number of events that drew thousands of people.
- The Health Department has released a list of 27 locations where people may have been exposed to coronavirus
- Six new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Victoria yesterday, bringing the state’s total number to 27
- Victoria’s chief health officer said the coronavirus situation was “evolving rapidly, and we expect to see more and more cases of COVID-19”
Locations and events listed include Sunday night’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final, the Rebels vs Lions rugby game at AAMI Park on Saturday evening, and La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus.
In relation to the T20 Cricket World Cup Final at the MCG, which drew crowds of more than 86,000 people, authorities specified the exposure site as the MCC Members Level 2.
Other locations include train stations, restaurants, supermarkets, and parks, while a number of overseas flights landing in Melbourne were also listed.
A person who attended the Golden Plains music festival south-west of Melbourne on Sunday has also since been diagnosed with the virus, Victoria’s Health Minister confirmed.
Anyone who was at any of the sites should be aware of their health and seek medical advice if they become unwell.
La Trobe University sites ‘deep cleaned’ after student infected
Earlier, La Trobe University announced a student at its Bundoora campus had tested positive for COVID-19.
The university said in a statement this afternoon that on the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) the campus would remain open.
“The affected individual is a La Trobe student who has attended class within the past week,” the statement said.
“The student is receiving medical treatment and the University has offered its full support to the student via the Health Department.
“All staff and students with whom the student came into contact have been identified and asked to self-isolate.
“The limited number of areas the student visited last week have been deep cleaned according to DHHS guidelines.”
Victorian situation ‘evolving rapidly’
Six new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Victoria yesterday, bringing the state’s total number to 27.
The new cases include six men aged between 30 and 70, who are recovering at home in isolation.
Five of the men had been overseas recently and one is a close contact of a confirmed case.
Westbourne Grammar School has become the latest to close after it was notified a student was being tested for COVID-19.
The school told staff and students to stay home from tomorrow until Monday.
Principal Meg Hansen said she had been in touch with the Department of Health, which advised her it was not necessary to close the school.
However, Ms Hansen said closing was “purely a precautionary measure”.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, deputy chief health officer Annaliese van Diemen said eight Grand Prix team members were being tested for coronavirus today, up from two yesterday.
Dr van Diemen said the results were to come through by the end of the day.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the national security committee had asked the Federal Government whether travel from Europe should be banned.
Mr Hunt said the Prime Minister had referred all questions from the National Security Committee about people returning from Europe to the medical experts at the Australian Health Protection Principles Committee.
“We will continue to follow their medical advice,” he said.
Mr Hunt also said there was no case for major events to be cancelled but that each country and even state had different circumstances.
Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, when asked whether the Government was reconsidering letting the F1 go ahead, said “we have been acting on the advice of the chief health officer and the advice to date is there has been no need to cancel mass gathering events”.
Ms Mikakos said the cancellation of mass gatherings would happen after Victoria had developed significant community transmissions but at this point, there had not been a single case of unknown community transmission in Australia.
Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said the situation was “evolving rapidly”.
“For the virus to spread, extended close personal contact is most likely required,” he said.
“But visitors to locations where cases have been should be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.”
Close personal contact is at least 15 minutes face-to-face or more than two hours in the same room.
Ms Mikakos said the advice from the chief health officer remained that there was no case against major events continuing.
She said that the Government would not hesitate to take extreme measures such as cancelling major events once there was significant community transmission.
“At this point in time we don’t have a single case of unknown community transmission in Victoria,” she said.
“We have not reached the point in time where we need to take these extreme measures but we will not hesitate if we get the advice to take those steps.”
She said that there was already significant “community intermingling” and compared someone with coronavirus attending the F1 with walking around the CBD.
So far, 5,200 Victorians had received negative tests for coronavirus.
St Vincent’s, Peninsula Health, Albury Wodonga, Bass Coast Health and Barwon Health have opened screening clinics taking the state’s total number of screening clinics to 12.
“We will be working on opening more and working closely to ensure we can get GP pop up clinics right across Victoria as well,” she said.
Victoria’s public exposure sites
Sunday, March 8
T20 Cricket World Cup Final, Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCC Members Level 2, between 5:15pm and 11:30pm
Myrtle Oval, Macleay Park, North Balwyn between 10:00am and 4:00pm
Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill, between 8:30am and 5:00pm
Virgin Australia flight VA24 from Los Angeles to Melbourne which arrived at 7:00am
Saturday, March 7
Albert Park Hotel between 6:00pm and 10:00pm
South Melbourne Market between 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Coles Waurn Ponds between 1:00pm and 6:00pm
AAMI Park (Rebels vs Lions rugby game) in the evening
Ashburton Park, time unsure
Virgin Australia flight VA24 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, arrived 7:00am
Friday, March 6
Malaysia Airways flight MH0149 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne arrived 9:00am
Pho Hung Vuong 2 Vietnamese Restaurant in Richmond between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Qantas flight QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne arrived 9:40am
Coles Waurn Ponds between 8:45am and 10:00am
South Melbourne Market between 8:30am and 10:00am
Emirates flight EK404 from Singapore to Melbourne arrived at 12:15am
Thursday, March 5
Cinema Nova, Carlton, Movie: The Amber Light between 7:30pm and 10:30pm
V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Geelong departing about 5:40pm
Tuesday, March 3
Wine by Sam in Seymour between 12:30pm and 3:30pm
La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus:
March 3 between 9:00am and 12:00pm
March 4 between 11:00am and 1:00pm
March 5 between 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Monday, March 2
Virgin Australia flight VA682 from Perth to Melbourne which arrived at 4:20pm
VLine train from Geelong to Southern Cross departing about 5:40pm
Metro train from Southern Cross to Camberwell departing between 7:00pm and 7:15pm
Toorak Clinic, 575 Malvern Rd, Toorak for patients and staff that attended the clinic any time between March 2 and March 6
United Airlines flight UA0060 from San Francisco to Melbourne arrived 9:30am
Singapore Airlines flight SQ237 from Singapore to Melbourne arrived 10:50am
Malindo Air flight OD177 from Denpasar to Melbourne arrived 10:50am (Singapore time)