Australia Covid live update: health workers exposed to virus at two more Sydney hospitals; Victorians told to wear masks indoors | Australia news
It’s Calla Wahlquist here, covering for Matilda Boseley. Welcome to mid-July 2021, it feels disturbingly like mid-July 2020.
There have been a number of developments in various coronavirus outbreaks overnight. Here is what you need to know.
Face masks are mandatory indoors in Victoria again, including in secondary schools and workplaces. The rule came into force at midnight in response to the eight new Delta variant cases announced yesterday.
Speaking of new cases, a teacher at Bacchus Marsh, which is about an hour out of Melbourne on the way to Ballarat, has tested positive. Later, two more cases were reported at Barwon Heads near Geelong. Students at Bacchus Marsh grammar school and Barwon Heads primary school have been told to stay home.
One of the positive cases was at the same Carlton v Geelong game at the MCG on Saturday. More than 40 new exposure sites have been added to the Victorian list overnight. I’ll go through some of them in a minute.
There is no information yet about whether Melbourne will go into lockdown again. It would be its fifth. We’re all hoping that is not needed.
In NSW, a fully vaccinated nurse working at the Westmead hospital Covid ward has tested positive to Covid. It’s understood the nurse was wearing full PPE. A number of staff members at Liverpool hospital have also gone into two weeks’ isolation after a patient tested positive.
The lockdown of greater Sydney was extended for at least two weeks yesterday. NSW reported 97 new cases yesterday, and the exposure site list has continued to grow.
A number of new exposure sites in regional NSW were announced last night. Anyone who was at the Shell Coles Express in South Gundagai from 1am to 1.30am on Thursday 8 July, and the Shell at Jindera from 11.15am to 11.45 am on Saturday 10 July, has been ordered to isolate for 14 days and get tested regardless of symptoms.
The full list of NSW exposure sites is here.
In South Australia, authorities have identified a third Covid site associated with the same removalists who have caused the outbreak in Melbourne. The removalists did Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide-Sydney in 48 hours.
The three sites are in Tailem Bend, which is on the Murray just out of Adelaide. They are the OTR Motorsport Park service station on Dukes Highway, the Coolabah Tree Cafe, and the Shell Coles Express. The full list of sites os here.
South Australian authorities have not increased restrictions, but they have flagged that could happen if people don’t follow the current rules – including checking in via QR codes.
And finally, we’ll get employment figures today.