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One more death, three extra coronavirus cases in Victoria

By September 22, 2020 No Comments
Victoria has recorded three more cases of COVID-19 overnight, taking the state’s total to 1349.
The state has also recorded one more death, a man aged in his 90s, who died in hospital.
One of the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at a private psychiatric facility where a cluster of infections had occurred, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.
There have now been 16 cases of COVDI-19 recorded at Albert Road Clinic in inner-city Melbourne, including seven patients.
“There has been significant testing that has been under way of patients and staff at this clinic … and there is a lot of work going on in relation to dealing with particular outbreak,” Ms Mikakos said.
One of the other new cases involved a person in hotel quarantine, while the third person to test positive over the past 24 hours had a known close contact, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said.
There are now 21 coronavirus patients being treated in Victorian hospitals, 10 of whom are in intensive care.
Ms Mikakos said it was important for Victorians to remain vigilant, despite the low number of new cases.
Ms Mikakos said testing of the sewerage system would soon begin to detect whether the virus was present in different communities across the state.
Meanwhile, Victorian children look set to continue learning from home for the rest of term two, unless the advice of the state’s chief health officer changes.
Ms Mikakos confirmed the state government was sticking to its position on schools, despite NSW announcing students will return to face-to-face teaching for one day a week in three weeks’ time.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the staggered return to school will make students and teachers feel safe.(Today)
About 97 percent of children in Victoria have been staying at home.
Dr Sutton said his advice on schools remained unchanged.
While schools did not appear to be areas of significant transmission, more evidence was needed, he said.
“Very small numbers of kids are testing. So, I would also encourage kids who are even minimally symptomatic to come forward for testing,” he said.
“It may be that kids who are very minimally symptomatic could transmit to other children, it can be a contribution to community transmission,” Dr Sutton said.
It comes as a NSW Health report found no teachers had been infected by students in NSW.
“Our investigation found no evidence of children infecting teachers. One secondary case [in the child in a high school] was presumed to have been infected following close contact with two student cases,” Professor Kristine Macartney wrote in the report.
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