Victoria COVID cases stranger transmission at Young and Jackson in Melbourne’s CBD

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Victoria’s testing commander has said COVID numbers linked to are “expected to rise” after there was stranger to stranger transmission at a busy CBD bar.

Before going to the MCG for the Geelong v Carlton AFL game on Saturday, a confirmed case went to the Young and Jackson on Swanston Street between 2.40pm and 4.10pm.

On Friday, Jeroen Weimar confirmed two of Friday’s six cases contracted the virus from the pub.

Both of the new cases are men aged in their 30s and it is believed there was stranger to stranger transmission as neither of those men know each other.

They also do not know the index case and none of them sat directly with each other.

“Obviously it was match day so it was very very busy. So we expect those numbers to continue to rise and obviously a lot more testing there at the moment,” Weimar said.

Victorian COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar speaks to the media during a press conference. Credit: DANIEL POCKETT/AAPIMAGE

“We’re back in a world of very fleeting transmission.”

Victoria’s snap lockdown

From 11.59pm, Victoria went into a five-day lockdown with only five essential reasons to leave the home.

These are for food and supplies, exercise for up to two hours, for caregiving, work and education if you cannot do it from home and to go and get vaccinated.

The 5km travel limit is back and home gatherings are banned.

Masks are mandatory everywhere indoors and outdoors, unless at home or if the person has an exemption.

“If you were an authorised worker during the last lockdown, you’ll be an authorised worker this time around. Everyone else must work from home,” a statement from Daniel Andrews read.

Exposure sites

There are now more than 100 exposure sites across the state, with several Tier 1 locations added overnight.

Transmission at the MCG continues to be at the focal point, with two people who weren’t known to or sitting near each other contracting the virus.

Find a full list of Victoria’s exposure site here.

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