Of the 3,810 people who tested positive to coronavirus in Victoria between July 7 and yesterday, 3,400 of them did not isolate when they first felt sick or after they got a test, Premier Daniel Andrews has said.

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Live updates9mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:48am

By Emily Sakzewski

Some quick takes: 


On aged care:


There are 45 aged care facilities with reported outbreaks, and about 300 positive cases in the sector overall. Mr Andrews said infections were split roughly 50-50 between workers and patients.


On moving aged-care residents to hospitals:


Mr Andrews said it would be done on a case-by-case basis. “For me to stand at the podium and say we will move everybody out – not because of the medical opinion but because I think that is a good thing to do – that doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “I have some experience in a previous life about these matters – moving frail aged people out of nursing homes is not a good thing to do unless you absolutely have to.”

On the Government-provided masks:


Mr Andrews said the Government had ordered more than 2 million masks and would give an update on who would get them “in good time”. But he stressed that “any covering is better than no covering”.


On schools:


Mr Andrews said the current rules surrounding schooling during the lockdown period were made by public health experts. “And the current settings … 700,000 kids [in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire] not being at school, are based on the best public health advice,” he said.


On regional cases:


Professor Sutton said there were about 100 regional cases in the moment and that authorities would monitor the situation daily in deciding whether to extend restrictions beyond Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

15mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:42am

By Emily Sakzewski

Will there be tougher restrictions in Victoria?


The short answer is no (at least not yet).


Mr Andrews said any further restrictions would depend on the numbers.


“Ultimately, when the data tells us we need to go further, we will,” he said.


“Until then, speculating about these things doesn’t serve any real purpose.”


Right now that data shows nine out of 10 sick people are waiting too long to get tested, and 53 per cent of people who have taken a test and are waiting for a result are not self-isolating. 

28mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:29am

By Emily Sakzewski

Possible changes to the $1,500 hardship payment


The $1,500 is only available IF you test positive OR are an official close contact, so actually not helpful for people isolating awaiting test results. Gov needs to fix this.

-Payment Not Enough


This commenter is absolutely right. 


Currently, people only qualify for the $1,500 worker support payment if they either test positive for coronavirus or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Mr Andrews said authorities were looking at the eligibility criteria.

“We’re having a close look at whether there might be additional support for that waiting period — once you’ve been tested and you’re waiting for the outcome of the test,” he said.

“I’ll have more to say about that too.”

31mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:26am

By Emily Sakzewski

A plea from the supermarket chains: Wear a mask 


Big supermarket chains have asked the Premier to urge Victorians to wear a mask when they do the shopping. 


Mr Andrews said shoppers could be turned away from Coles, Woolworths and IGA if they didn’t have a mask on. He said this requirement was for the safety of staff, customers and the protection of supplies.

40mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:17am

By Emily Sakzewski

Work, home, school? Where are people catching coronavirus?


A reporter has asked Professor Sutton if he could give a breakdown on where people were being infected. 


Professor Sutton said a significant number of cases was from aged care and health care, large indoor settings and large apartment settings. 


“They’re significant drivers, but there are a number of other workplaces that will have transmission occurring,” he said.


“We can’t always determine exactly where someone’s gotten it from. We do know that there’s a significant reduction in household-to-household transmission.


“That’s absolutely a result of the restrictions that have been in place.”

46mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:11am

By Emily Sakzewski

Victoria could see up to 600 cases a day, Chief Health Officer warns



Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he suspected the state’s R number was still above 1.


He said he couldn’t expect numbers to go down and said there could be “an even greater challenge” in coming days.


“That means that we’re going to look at 500-600 cases per day,” he said.


“I absolutely don’t want us to go there. So we have to reinforce the things that we know will make a difference.


“And that is the very simple principles of isolation and quarantine.”

54mminutes agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 3:03am

By Emily Sakzewski

Six-week lockdown could be ‘much longer’ if the situation doesn’t improve


“Unless we have people who get tested staying at home and isolating until they get their results, then we will not see these numbers come down,” Daniel Andrews said.


“They will continue to go up and up. And a six-week shutdown will not be for six weeks. It will run for much longer than that.


“But we can’t have any longer, nine out of 10 people taking too long between when they first feel sick and when they get tested. 


“And we certainly cannot have one in two people who are waiting for a test result simply going about their business as if they didn’t have symptoms, as if they weren’t waiting for a test result, as if this wasn’t a global pandemic.”

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:54am

By Emily Sakzewski

‘It’s not about blame’, Andrews says

Mr Andrews urged people to take up the $1,500 worker support payment for people who have to self-isolate because of coronavirus.


He said people who feel sick and suspect they have coronavirus should call a support hotline — 1800 675 398 — to try and get support.


“Call that number and we will provide you with that support so that you can be at home and do the safe thing — the right thing,” he said.


“The thing that is actually in the interests of your family, and every family, right across our state.”


He said authorities were looking at whether they need to “enhance” the payment.

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:47am

By Emily Sakzewski

Key EventNearly 9 in 10 cases in Victoria failed to isolate when they felt sick



Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said from the 3,810 cases between July 7 to July 21, 3,400 cases did not isolate when they first felt sick and when they went to get a test.


“Now, that’s an interesting measure in that people have felt sick, they’ve got symptoms, and they’ve kept going shopping. They’ve kept going to work,” Mr Andrews said.


“But the only thing you can do when you feel sick — the one and only thing that you can and must do when you feel sick  is to go and get tested. Nothing else is acceptable.


“And if people don’t do that, then we will continue to see numbers increase.


“I’m being as frank, as blunt, as clear as I can. Because this message is central to the overall success —or otherwise — of the strategy and the restrictions that we have in place.”

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:39am

By Emily Sakzewski

Key EventVictoria records 484 new coronavirus cases, two people have died


This is the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began. The previous record was 428 cases last week.


Of those new cases, 97 are connected to known outbreaks and 387 are under investigation. 


Two men aged in their 90s have died.


There are 205 people in hospital, with 40 in intensive care.


There are now 3,408 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria. Of those, 3,305 are in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire and 103 are in regional Victoria.

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:25am

By Emily Sakzewski

Daniel Andrews will speak soon


We’re expecting the Victorian Premier to speak within the next 10 minutes or so. He will confirm the latest COVID-19 figures for the state, which the ABC understands will be in the high 400s. 


The Premier will be joined by State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.


You can watch the press conference in the live stream at the top of the blog.


1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:09am

By Emily Sakzewski

Key Event

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd will provide an update at 3:30pm (AEST)

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:03am

By Emily Sakzewski

Confirmed case at Horsham McDonald’s in regional Victoria



Reporting by Sean Wales


McDonald’s has confirmed an employee at its Horsham restaurant in western Victoria has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home.

It comes after St Brigid’s College in Horsham confirmed a year 12 student had tested positive. The school has closed today. 

A spokesperson for McDonald’s Australia said its Horsham restaurant was closed last night for deep cleaning. It has re-opened this morning.

The spokesperson said the employee last worked on Saturday, July 11.

1hhour agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 2:03am

By Nicholas McElroy

Low cases ‘great news’ says Ms Palaszczuk


It comes after Queensland recorded a case from a cargo ship yesterday.


Ms Palaszczuk said the test results of the 18 other crew on the cargo ship have all returned negative results. 


“That is actually really good news to hear that the second round of tests of all of the crew on that cargo ship are off the Sunshine Coast have actually come back negative,” She said.


“So that is great news.” 


She reminded those who feel unwell need to get tested. 


“I want to thank everyone coming forward and that is absolutely brilliant,” she said.


“If you are feeling sick, of course stay at home and get tested.”


She said the one new case was acquired overseas and the person is now in hospital and isolated.


“We have no concerns about that person,” she said. 

2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:51am

By Nicholas McElroy

Key EventOne new active case recorded in Queensland 


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said three active cases have been recorded and more than 7,800 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours.


She said there was only one new case among the active cases in the state in the past 24 hours.


The new case was acquired overseas and the person is currently in hotel quarantine. 


2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:49am

By Emily Sakzewski

A list of Victorian aged care homes linked to cases


Is there an updated list somewhere to see which aged care facilities are impacted by covid? Have a family member at an Estia aged care facility (not Ardeer or Heidelberg), but cant find any further information. Thanks



Hi Worried. We’ve just got those numbers from DHHS.  Overall there were 216 cases across 40 facilities. Please note these figures are up to date as of Tuesday as we wait for Daniel Andrews’s update at 12:30pm.


Here is the breakdown:


1.Bluecross Ruckers Hill Northcote – 1 (1 resident)2.Villa Maria Catholic Homes Alphington – 1 (1 staff member)3.Japara Highbury Glen Waverley – 1 (1 staff member)4.Mercy Place Bethlehem Home Golden Square – 1 (1 staff member)5.Bill Crawford Lodge Ballarat – 1 (1 staff member)6.BUPA Edithvale – 1 (1 staff member)7.Regis Brighton – 1 (1 staff member)8.Aurrum ACF Plenty – 2 (1 staff member, 1 resident)9.Grace Villa Aged Care – 1 (1 staff member)10.Baptcare Wyndham Lodge Community Werribee – 1 (1 resident)11.BUPA Aged Care Facility Sunshine – 1 (1 staff member)12.Craig Care Aged Care Facility – 2 (2 staff)13.BaptCare Strathalan – 1 (1 staff member)14.Doutta Galla RACF Footscray – 3 (1 staff member, 2 residents)15.Liscombe House – 1 (1 staff)16.Opal Gracedale RACF – 1 (1 staff member)17.St Basil’s Home for the Aged – 10 (2 residents, 6 staff, 2 contacts)18.Menarock Life RACF Essendon – 38 (15 residents, 21 staff, 2 contacts)19.Estia RACF Ardeer – 38 (24 residents, 13 staff, 1 contact)20.Embracia Moonee Valley RACF – 12 (7 residents, 5 staff)21.Menarock Lower Templestowe RACF – 2 (1 staff member, 1 resident)22.Glendale RACF Werribee – 24 (6 residents, 13 staff, 5 contacts)23.Estia Coolaroo – 1 (1 staff member)24.Estia Heidelberg – 16 (9 staff members, 7 residents)25.Arcare Craigieburn – 21 (15 residents, 6 staff)26.Arcare Burnside – 1 (1 staff member)27.Royal Freemansons Gregory Lodge Flemington – 5 (1 staff member, 4 residents)28.Rathdowne Place ACF Carlton – 5 (4 staff members, 1 resident)29.Japara Central Park ACF Windsor – 4 (3 staff, 1 contact)30.Japara Milward – 5 (4 residents, 1 staff members)31.Blue Cross Ivanhoe – 2 (2 staff member)32.Blue Cross Silverwood/Barradine (two sites) – 1 (1 staff members)33.Bundoora Extended Care – 3 (1 staff member, 2 residents)34.BaptCare The Orchards Doncaster ACF – 1 (1 staff member)35.St George Benetas Altona Meadows ACF – 2 (2 staff members)36.Aurrum Healesville ACF – 1 (1 staff member)37.Doutta Galla Lynch Bridge – 1 (1 staff member)38.Uniting Age Well ACF Preston – 1 (1 staff member)39.Mercy Health East Melbourne – 1 (1 staff member)40.Holmwood Healesville ACF – 1 (1 staff member)2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:45am

By Emily Sakzewski

Is there a double-standard when it comes to hotel quarantine? 


(Picture: AP)


A reporter has queried the NSW Premier about the two weeks of hotel quarantine. When actress Nicole Kidman arrived in Australia recently, she reportedly avoided hotel quarantine to spend the two weeks at her property. The reporter has asked the Premier: Do some people get favourable treatment?


Ms Berejiklian said everyone had to quarantine, but it was a question of where they had to quarantine. Here’s what she said:


It is a question of where you have that quarantine. 


Please know that everybody, it doesn’t matter who they are … there is no exemption for anybody from quarantine, and that is why New South Wales has been so successful.


There was not an issue with location [where Kidman was spending quarantine]. Quarantine is enforced and I am not across the details, but the health people have been all over it with a fine-tooth comb and made sure that is in place. 

2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:36am

By Emily Sakzewski

Talking about false-positive test results


NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant took us through a few scenarios when you might see a false-positive COVID-19 test result.


One scenario, Dr Chant said, is that testing is so sensitive that fragments of RNA, which is dead and not able to infect anyone, can hang around in people’s oropharynx, nose throat, for months.


Another scenario is where someone who was infected months ago may test positive later down the track. These people will undergo further tests to confirm that it is not a fresh infection.

2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:19am

By Emily Sakzewski

Key EventVictoria’s case numbers will be in the high 400s, the ABC understands


The ABC understands Victoria’s COVID-19 figures today will be in the high 400s and could be a record-breaking daily figure


The current record was 428 cases reported last Friday.


Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will speak at a press conference at 12:30pm.

2hhours agoWedWednesday 22 JulJuly 2020 at 1:15am

By Emily Sakzewski

Berejiklian tells businesses: ‘You’ve had ample time to get your house in order’


In response to a question over businesses ignoring isolation laws, the NSW Premier said those who don’t do the right thing will be found out.


“You will be fined. Worse than that, if you breach again, you will be shut down,” she said.


“We do that for public safety. We do that in order to keep our economy going, but also of course to maintain and control the community spread.”


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