Casey hit by virus

Ten cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Casey.

By Brendan Rees

At least 10 cases of Covid-19 within the Casey region have emerged, according to the state’s health department.

The data from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also revealed three cases of the disease in Cardinia.

The Department only provided information on local government areas – not information regarding each suburb.

In Casey, the data showed those who had tested positive to Covid-19 were eight females and two males.

This includes one man is aged in his 80s and a female in her teens.

The Department’s figures have reported a total of 284 cases in Victoria, despite the state’s total infection rate surpassing reaching 411 on Tuesday 24 March, indicating some cases may have been under-reported.

The state’s new cases include 36 men and 27 women (and one being further investigated), with people aged from pre-school age to late eighties.

At the present time, there are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Currently 12 people are in hospital, including two patients in intensive care. One hundred and thirteen people have recovered.

More than 25,000 Victorians have been tested to date.

Of the total 411 cases, there have been 350 in metropolitan Melbourne and 41 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.

DHHS follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support.

All close contacts must self-isolate for 14-days.
 All people arriving from any international destination must also self-isolate for 14 days as per Commonwealth Government direction.

While most Victorians are voluntarily complying with requests to isolate, Police have strong powers to enforce the direction if it’s required. Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply with a directive could receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.


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