Authorities in Victoria have reported 1143 new local coronavirus cases and three deaths, as well as the designation of numerous more childcare centers in the state as COVID-19 exposure sites, and the lifting of the lockdown in Melbourne may be postponed.
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The case counts for Friday come from over 62,883 tests, a decrease from Thursday’s record case load of 1438.
On Thursday, more than 34,935 Victorians rolled up their sleeves to get a shot of COVID-19 vaccine, marking the state’s milestone of vaccinating 80 percent of the population with a single dosage.
Deepdene Surgery, a medical practice in Melbourne’s east, was compelled to apologize to patients on Thursday after a Pfizer vaccination mix-up meant 30 people “may or may not have gotten the vaccine.”
Because empty vials were used to make certain vaccine syringes, some persons were accidentally injected with saline, a salt solution, rather than the Pfizer vaccine.
“There were no vaccinations or medicines in the saline. The operation stated on its website that a saline injection “does not do any harm.”
The mistake only affected those who came to get vaccinated on Sunday, September 26 between 1 and 1.30 p.m., according to the surgery, which was acting on the advise of Victoria’s vaccine safety surveillance program.
With the addition of Friday’s case figures, Victoria now has 10,944 active coronavirus patients.
Late Thursday evening, Victorian health authorities announced the addition of more than two dozen new COVID-19 exposure sites, including multiple childcare centers and a gym in Bacchus Marsh.
On Friday, September 24 between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Truganina Early Learning Centre in Melbourne’s west was deemed a tier-1 or close contact exposure site, while Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Braybrook was declared tier 1 on Monday, September 27 between 8 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Great Beginnings Taylors Take in Keilor in the north west was proclaimed tier-1 for three days between 8 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., from Monday, September 20, to Wednesday, September 22.
The Amiga Montessori daycare centre in Reservoir, Melbourne’s north, was declared tier 1 between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, and Shape It Fitness, a gym in Maddingley, Bacchus Marsh, was classified tier 1 between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23.
While Friday’s COVID-19 case numbers are down from Thursday’s, police have warned that if a spike in cases tied to illegal home gatherings and parties over the grand final long weekend becomes a trend, Melbourne’s route out of lockdown might take longer.
According to contact tracing interviews, roughly 500 of the 1438 cases reported on Thursday may have originated at gatherings on Friday and Saturday.
The weekend’s rule-breaking, according to COVID-19 reaction commander Jeroen Weimar, was a city-wide super-spreading event that propelled the virus into new pockets of Melbourne. Although one of the key modellers cautioned against reading too much into one day’s data, he said it may result in case counts surpassing the upper range of the Burnet Institute’s outbreak modeling.
Mr Weimar said, “Today is a big setback in how we manage this pandemic.” “If this pattern continues, we will be in the bottom quartile of Burnet’s projections.”
Premier Daniel Andrews called the rule-breaking “understandable but unforgivable,” and stated that the lockdown would be lifted. However, he warned that if the number of cases and hospitalizations continued to rise, the scheduled relaxation of limitations in late October might have to be postponed.
“We’re not going backwards. He remarked, “This is a plan to open… [and] we’re finding a way to push through and get this building open.”
“However, it would be irresponsible of me to claim that we would not, for example, have to pause or change things.”
In an effort to speed up the vaccination deployment, Mr Andrews also stated on Thursday that the time between Pfizer vaccine doses at state-run clinics would be cut to three weeks starting October 4th.
Health officials had previously increased the time between doses to six weeks in order to increase the number of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine.