Victorian increase in COVID-19 cases is “community outbreak”, not a second wave, Government says – but suburb lockdowns a possibility

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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan has tried to assure Australians that the increase in the number of confirmed cases – 85 on Monday, the highest daily increase since mid-April – is only a ‘blip’ in the country’s COVID-19 infections.

Of the new cases, seven were in NSW (all in hotel quarantine), three in SA (also among returned travellers) and 75 were in Victoria (only one in a traveller).

“I have heard, and we are hearing, a suggestion that we are seeing in Victoria, a second wave,” Ms McMillan states. “I want to reassure all Australians that while we are very concerned about what we see in Victoria, what we have is a community outbreak, and one part of the city, and one state of the country.”

“But this is very serious, and we all need to take note, as we have warned that this pandemic is not over.”

“While Victoria is doing an enormous job and we are, we congratulate them on the effort they are taking to contain this community spread, it’s an important reminder to everyone, of the responsibility we all have to keep doing the right thing.”

Victoria has now recorded 13 consecutive days of double-digit news cases – and its Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says the state’s COVID-19 caseload will get worse before it gets better.

However, Professor Sutton added authorities have not yet arrived at a point where they would reimpose stronger social distancing measures or lock down suburbs.

“We’re not there yet, but we do know that the solution is there already, which is people not having unnecessary contacts, across multiple households, across multiple settings. That will control transmission.”

Could we see restrictions again placed on visiting aged care homes as a further measure?