How an apartment complex became the 'most active front' in Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak

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Experts say restrictions may still be on track to ease later this week if an outbreak at an inner-Melbourne apartment complex remains relatively small.

Victorians' slow shuffle towards the prospect of further easing of restrictions later this week has been on track, with recent days of no new coronavirus cases contributing to the sense of optimism that the outbreak is under control.was described by COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar as "the most active front" of the outbreak so far.

Professor Nathan Grills, a public health physician from the University of Melbourne's Nossal Institute, described the health authorities' response to the newest cases as "proportionate". Professor Grills said an apartment complex could be "very similar" to a hotel quarantine environment. Residents and visitors to the Kings Park apartment complex have been asked to quarantine for 14 days to help curb any further spread of the virus.

Professor Nancy Baxter said most "superspreading events" have occurred in poorly ventilated indoor settings."It seems clear to me that this is a considerably more infectious variant than we've seen before and that even very fleeting or not very prolonged transmission can result in spread," Professor Baxter said.

"Our current level of restrictions are appropriate, and if there's no spread outside that 'containment zone', then I think we're safe to continue loosening restrictions," he said.Professor Baxter said she was optimistic about the prospect of being able to ease restrictions, particularly given other clusters seemed to be under control.

 

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2 people who are not even sick is NOT A DAMN OUTBREAK

Why the unregulated HQ-type set-up in our community? Vulnerable peoples’ lives at risk. Journalists have questioned com’ty safety in residential apartments & experts say it’s ‘based on risk.’ Evidently it’s too risky. Who is responsible & how will they fix it. Lives are at stake.

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