One of the Australian states, Victoria, announced that the new COVID-19 cluster in its territory had grown to 15 cases in just the past three days.
This puts Victoria in a critical period for corona in the next 24 hours, considering that those infected had visited crowded locations.
One infected citizen is known to have attended an Australian Football League match on Sunday (23/5). The match was attended by 23,400 people, so that thousands of football fans were immediately ordered to carry out corona tests and self-isolation.
Other locations visited by patients infected with COVID-19 are pubs, cafes and supermarkets.
Victoria’s Chief Minister, James Merlino, stated that he would not remove any further restrictions on activities for the capital city of Melbourne.
“These cases are interconnected and this is a good thing, but we are very worried seeing the number of cases and also the locations of exposure,” Merlino said, as quoted by Reuters.
Starting Tuesday (25/5), residents are required to wear masks in restaurants, hotels and indoor locations until 4 June. The number of people in gatherings or gatherings is also limited.
Of the 15 cases, as many as six new cases were reported today, Wednesday (26/5). Authorities have identified as many as 301 close contacts with infected residents. So far, 80 people have tested negative.
After being traced, the cluster originated from the case of the Indian variant of the corona virus which was found in an international traveler who had completed his quarantine period. The government still doesn’t know how the case might spread.
So far, Australia is known as one of the countries in the world that has succeeded in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Australia is actively tracing contacts quickly, implementing local lockdowns, and strict social distancing rules.
Since the beginning of the pandemic until now, Australia has recorded around 30 thousand cases with 910 deaths.
The wave of corona cases that hit the state of Victoria at the end of last year recorded 70% of the total cases and 90% of the total death toll in Australia.
Finally, the spike was brought under control after the government implemented a long and strict lockdown.