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New Victorian case found in town on the NSW-Victorian border

An additional new Victorian case has been found on Sunday in a town on the NSW-Victorian border, 540 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Health authorities have said a man in his 30s from Mildura has tested positive today, and they believe he was at the MCG Carlton versus Geelong match in the MCC members area on level 2 which is an area of concern.

A person with COVID-19 case was at the July 10 AFL game between the Cats and the BluesCredit:Getty

His infection will be included in tomorrow’s numbers, as it is not part of the 16 local cases announced on Sunday morning.

There are 59 cases connected to the current Victorian outbreak, with 14,000 primary close contacts now in isolation across the state.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he “took no joy” in there being a new case in the regional town of Mildura, saying it was too early to consider letting the regions out of lockdown.

“​​It is too early for us to determine whether we’ll be able to come out of this lockdown at midnight on Tuesday night,” he said.

“It is not the day for us to be announcing parts of regional Victoria being let out of this lockdown … that just confirms I think for all of us if we needed any that this moves quickly and a problem anywhere, becomes a problem everywhere.

COVID-19 response commander Jereon Weimar explained the full breakdown of the 16 new local cases announced today:

  • Five additional cases were linked to the Ms Frankie cafe, with one staff member and four patrons returning a positive result.
  • Four new household contacts of the City of Hume outbreak.
  • Three new cases connected to Trinity Grammar, including one student, one staff member and one household contact
  • Two people have now tested positive after attending AAMI Park for the Wallabies versus France game. Mr Weimar said they were sitting in the area of concern and entered through Gate 7, which is now a tier 1 site.
  • One primary close contact of one of the positive cases on Phillip Island.
  • A teacher at Bacchus Marsh Grammar has also tested positive.

Victorian COVID-19 update

NSW reports fourth death and another 105 cases as outbreak grows

NSW has reported a further 105 local COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total for the current outbreak to 1242. Twenty-seven cases were infectious in the community.

There were 66,671 tests reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday night.

A woman in her 90s from south-eastern Sydney died on Saturday, bringing the total for this outbreak to four.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian provides a COVID-19 update.Credit:Renee Nowytarger

“I am convinced that working together we will start to see those numbers nudge and are throwing all of our resources and efforts to making that happen and I just want to thank the community for their cooperation,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday.

The persistent nature of the outbreak has led to tighter restrictions that came into effect on Sunday, including people from three local government areas not being permitted to leave their LGA unless they were essential health or emergency services, workers.

Read more here.

NSW Premier providing a live COVID-19 update

‘Lab leak’ theory can’t be dismissed: the stifled search for COVID’s Patient Zero

What a mess. The world wants to know where the COVID virus came from, but so many obstacles have been put in the way it’s likely we will never know.

Vital information has been withheld, data banks have been tampered with, official investigations have been nobbled, some scientists are too afraid to speak while others are covering their backsides, prestigious journals have put politics before science, and important lines of inquiry have been shut down after accusations of racism.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology is at the centre of the controversy.Credit:AP

The collapsing reputation of the World Health Organisation has been one of the more spectacular bits of collateral damage.

Read more here.

UK Health minister contracts COVID-19

The new British Health Secretary, Sajid Javid has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the country lifting restrictions, but he says his symptoms are mild and is thankful to have had two doses of vaccine against the disease.

The news of Javid’s infection comes just days before the last remaining legal restrictions on social distancing and masks are lifted in England on July 19, which is being dubbed by some as “Freedom Day”.

Sajid Javid (right) has tested positive for COVID-19Credit:AP

Javid took over last month from Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaching social distancing rules.
He isn’t the first politician to test positive. His predecessor, Hancock, was ill with COVID-19 early in the pandemic last year, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent several days in intensive care with the virus in April 2020.

Queensland records no new cases

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the community overnight and one new case in hotel quarantine. There were 10,507 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

The zero new cases result is good news for Queensland which will find out if they won the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games next week.

Katie Hopkins to be investigated for breaking hotel quarantine rules in Sydney

Conservative English media personality Katie Hopkins has admitted she has been deliberately flouting infection control in hotel quarantine in Sydney, after flying into the country this week and will now be investigated by the Australian Border Force.

Ms Hopkins told her Instagram followers on Saturday morning she was trying to taunt the guards in her hotel by answering her door naked and without a mask.

“The police officer who checked me in told me when they knock on my door I have to wait 30 seconds ’til I can open the door [to collect food],” she laughed in the Instagram Live video which is no longer viewable on her account. “Then I can open the door but only if I wear a face mask.”

Katie Hopkins mocking the hotel quarantine safety rules upon her arrival in Australia.Credit:Instagram

Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews has asked the Australian Border Force to investigate any actions putting health officials and the community at risk.

“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” Ms Andrews said in a statement.

“I have directed Australian Border Force to immediately consider the facts of this matter and urgently review whether this individual is complying with the requirements of her visa.”

Sixteen new local Victorian cases all linked to current outbreaks

Victoria recorded 16 new local cases on Sunday after the health department declared new exposure sites at two Melbourne CBD bars and a number of bus lines across Bacchus Marsh.

The locally acquired cases are all linked to the current outbreaks, the Department of Health confirmed on Twitter.

Two additional cases were announced in returned travellers in hotel quarantine on Sunday.

There were more than 53,000 test results returned on Saturday and 16,761 vaccine doses administered.
Health authorities have identified 217 potential COVID-19 exposure sites listed across Victoria up to 9.30am on Sunday.

Read more here.

New Sydney COVID-19 exposure sites

Overnight NSW Health released a new list of exposure sites including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA supermarkets as well as a cafe in Belmore where a worker with COVID-19 did ten days straight working 10-hour shifts from July 7.

NSW Health said anyone who visited the following places must get tested and isolate for 14 days since their last day at the site, regardless of the result.

Raw Coffee Bar, 426 Belmore Rd, Belmore from July 7 to July 16 between 5am and 3pm everyday.

Belmore Medical Centre, Belmore, 479 Belmore Rd, Thursday July 8, 2.50pm – 3.10pm.

Bus services

Smithfield to Prairiewood 800-308 bus from The Boulevarde at Polding St to Prairiewood T-Way Wednesday 7 July Departed 12.40pm – arrived 12.50pm

Prairiewood to Wetherill Park 806-327 bus, from Prairiewood T-Way to Victoria St opposite Wetherill Park Reserve Wednesday 7 July Departed 1.12pm – arrived 1.21pm

Wetherill Park to Wetherill Park 813-449 Bus from The Horsley Dr at Emerson Street to Horsley T-Way Wednesday 7 July Departed 2.19pm – arrived 2.23pm

Prairiewood to Fairfield Heights 817-411 Bus from Prairiewood T-Way to The Boulevarde before Kihilla St, Wednesday 7 July Departed 2.32pm – arrived 2.44pm

Fairfield to Fairfield Heights 800-308 Bus from Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre, Cunninghame Street, to The Boulevarde at Kihilla Street, Thursday 8 July Departed 4.19pm – arrived 4.23pm

Fairfield Heights to Fairfield 817-411 Bus from The Boulevarde before Kihilla St to Smart Street before Spencer St, Thursday 8 July. Departed 2.48pm – arrived 2.54pm

Fairfield Heights to Fairfield 800-310 Bus from The Boulevarde before Kihilla St to Cunninghame St opposite Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre. Friday 9 July Departed 3.34pm – arrived 3.39pm

Fairfield to Fairfield Heights 800-308 Bus from Smart St before Nelson St to The Boulevarde at Kihilla St. Friday 9 July Departed 4.33pm – arrived 4.39pm

Sydenham to Lakemba 33T3-11 Bus (train replacement) From Sydenham Station to Lakemba Station Saturday 10 July. Departed 2.45pm – arrived 3.13pm

Lakemba to Sydenham 33T3-11 Bus (train replacement) from Lakemba Station to Sydenham Station Saturday 10 July. Departed 3.33pm – arrived 4.02pm

If you visited any of the below venues at the times listed, immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received

Fruitmania at Fairfield Forum, Fairfield 8-36 Station St Friday 9 July 12.20pm – 12.35pm

IGA Dulwich Hill 398-400 New Canterbury Road Friday 9 July 8.55am – 9.05am. Wednesday 14 July

5.10pm – 5.25pm.

Speedway Petrol Station, Cabramatta, 267 John Street. Saturday 10 July 4.30pm – 4.35pm

Kmart Roselands, Roselands Shopping Centre, 24 Roselands Drive. Sunday 11 July, 5.30pm to 5.45pm

Chemistworks Wetherill Park, Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre, 561 Polding Street Wednesday 14 July 8pm – 8.15pm

Coles Fairfield, Fairfield Forum, 8/36 Station St. Sunday 11 July 6.55pm – 7.25pm

Aldi Hoxton Park, 510 Cowpasture Rd. Friday 9 July 12.20pm – 12.45pm

Kmart Broadway, Glebe 1 Bay Street. Thursday 8 July 3.40pm – 4.25pm, Thursday 8 July 6.45pm – 7pm

Aldi Fairfield Forum, 8/36 Station St. Saturday 10 July 2.15pm – 3.15pm

Metro Petroleum Belmore, 442A Punchbowl Road Sunday 11 July, 10am – 11am

Tobacconist & Gifts, Canley Heights. Shop 1A, 238 Canley Heights Rd Sunday 11 July, 9am – 9.15am

IGA Kingsford, 361 Anzac Parade. Thursday 15 July, 11am – 11.30am

7-Eleven Prairiewood. 485-487 Smithfield Road. Monday 12 July 8.50am – 9.25am

IGA Wakeley Cnr Lomond Street and Bulls Road. Tuesday 13 July 6pm – 7.15pm

BP Greenfield Park, Lot 1, Cnr Greenfield Park Road and Mimosa Rd. Tuesday 13 July 5.10pm – 5.40pm

Coles Express Faulconbridge, 575-581 Great Western Highway. Wednesday 14 July 12.55pm – 1.05pm

Rooty Hill Supermarket Butchery, 29 Rooty Hill Road. Wednesday 14 July, 1pm – 1.15pm

Glenfield Station Fastfood & Delicatessen, 72 Railway Parade. Wednesday 14 July, 8.10am – 8.25am

Priceline Pharmacy Clemton Park, 13/60 Charlotte St. Monday 12 July 11.45am – 12.10pm

Woolworths Stocklands Merrylands, McFarlane Street. Monday 12 July 7pm – 7.15pm. Wednesday 14 July 12pm – 12.15pm

Greenway Supacenta, Wetherill Park The Horsley Drive. Monday 12 July, 5.25pm – 5.40pm

Officeworks Greenway Supacenta, The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park. Monday 12 July 5.35pm – 5.40pm

3 Tomatoes Café, Ashbury, 121 Holden Street Monday 12 July 6.50am – 7.05am. Monday 12 July 7.15am – 7.30am. Wednesday 14 July, 7.20am – 7.35am

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