Steep rise in Covid

By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Covid-19 active cases in the south east have risen markedly on 14 and 15 July, according to the state’s latest health data.

Casey City’s confirmed cases was up from 23 infections to 34, while Greater Dandenong rose from three cases to 11, and Cardinia from four to 11.

In the past 24 hours, Victoria reported a further 238 cases as well as the death of a woman in her nineties from the virus. As of 15 July, active cases in the state are 1931, and the death toll is 27.

There are 105 hospital patients with Covid-19, with 27 in intensive care.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there was surge capacity for 1500-2000 intensive-care patients on ventilators.

People are still flouting strictly-enforced lockdown rules, with Victoria Police issuing 546 infringements since stage-3 lockdown recommenced on 9 July.In the past 24 hours, 63 fines were issued.
On 13 July, a diner at a Dandenong KFC restaurant was fined $1652 for breaching public-health restrictions.

Meanwhile, a Dandenong South workshop has been put into lockdown due to five workers testing positive to Covid-19.

Another 10 workers at the TD Cabinets factory in Stephen Road are awaiting test results, a company spokesperson said.