Coronavirus Australia: Mystery cases biggest challenge to contain virus

Coronavirus Australia: Mystery cases biggest challenge to contain virus

Aged care crisis, young people in the ICU and mandatory masks – Victoria is on a terrifying COVID trajectory. How will it end? Victoria's COVID nightmare: How bad can it get? Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews cited the hundreds of “mystery” coronavirus cases as the main reason his government was forced to announce a Stage Four lockdown restrictions on Sunday. There are currently 760 active coronavirus in Victoria that have no known source and Mr Andrews has warned the number is set to rise. “I want to highlight one number in terms of daily numbers that is in many respects the most important number,” he said during a briefing on Sunday. “As of today — and this number will only grow because there are 598 cases that are being investigated by our public health team — but as of today from work that‘s been undertaken in recent days, we have 760 mystery cases.” Today Victoria recorded 671 new cases, and seven deaths. Mr Andrews explained the graveness of the situation regarding mystery cases. “They are active cases — cases where we can’t trace back the source of that person’s infections,” he said. “Those mysteries (show) that community transmission is in many respects our biggest challenge and the reason why we need to move to a different set of rules. “The number of mystery cases, the number of community transmission traces has steadily grown and now at an unacceptably high level and that’s why the advice (regarding a Stage Four lockdown) has changed.” Mr Andrews admitted ...
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