Melbourne’s northern suburbs on high alert with ‘likely’ covid-19 cases

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Victoria’s been plunged back into a watch and wait alert with two 'likely' cases of Covid-19 in Melbourne's north on Monday. 

According to health authorities it remains unclear at this stage if the cases are linked to recent case of a Wollert man who was infected while quarantining in Adelaide. 

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett doesn't believe these two latest cases will be enough to trigger another lock-down but said it "was always on the cards". 

"Hopefully, they have a good sense of whose been exposed, what the risks are, so they can identify those people they need to call into quarantine, rather than go into something more wide-spread", she said. 

Dr Bennett said we are in an ongoing "risk" where we cannot become complacent as there are no guarantees. 

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It comes after Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton issued a warning last Friday about a "worrying” situation where traces of the virus were picked up in wastewater in the Epping and Wollert areas. 

Anyone experiencing symptoms is advised to get tested immediately. 

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24 May 2021




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