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Victoria registers 24 new local cases of COVID-19 with more than 110 children and adolescents infected

By on August 18, 2021 0


Victoria has recorded 24 new local cases of COVID-19 as more than 110 Victorian children and adolescents grapple with the virus.

Of today’s new infections, 20 are linked to known epidemics and 18 were isolated throughout their infectious period.

There are four new mystery cases.

A total of 39,382 tests were received in the past 24 hours.

More than 110 children and teens battle COVID-19

Of the 246 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, 56 infections are in children under the age of nine.

While 55 cases are between 10 and 19 years old.

Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said a number of the children were in grades 2, 3 and 4.

The figures come as health authorities renew their warning about the dangers of coronavirus in children.

“I can also confirm that this person is in safe quarantine and is under the best possible care,” he said.

“We must treat this problem like we treat all problems, with respect and care. We work with the individual and their privacy is guaranteed.”

Mr Foley said there was no evidence of transmission due to the woman’s profession, but pleaded with sex workers to get tested.

“As a precaution we ask you if you have employed a sex worker in the St Kilda area you should come in and get tested.”

Victoria Minister of Health Martin Foley (9News)

It follows reports that the COVID-positive sex worker may be the missing link between a growing cluster of mysterious cases in the St Kilda area.

But Mr Foley said the sex worker was not seen as the missing link.

“We believe there are other missing cases,” he said.

Authorities are investigating a potential transmission along Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.

Mr Weimar said the sex worker’s positive case was detected after she presented to an emergency department, where another case was also found linked to her.

Victoria’s new COVID-19 cases

Mr. Weimar provided the following breakdown of today’s 24 new cases:

  • Ten cases related to Al-Taqwa College, including three students and seven family contacts
  • Four cases related to Glenroy West Elementary School, three family contacts and one contact from an associated exhibition site
  • Two cases linked to retail businesses at Caroline Springs Square shopping center
  • Two cases related to high-rise Lygon Street
  • Two cases are linked to the new epidemic in the community of Newport
  • Four other cases are being further investigated, including one in Glenroy, two separate cases in Altona North and a teenager in Glen Iris who works at a pizzeria in Malvern East.

Mr Weimar said public health teams were following a number of avenues to link the mysterious cases to clusters in the state.

There are 15 cases around the St Kilda area, Middle Park and Caulfield North which have “no connection outside of geography”.

All 69 attendees at the illegal engagement party at Caulfield North have been tested for COVID-19, Mr Weimar said.

Of these, seven returned positive test results.

Greater Melbourne’s playgrounds and skate parks are now cordoned off to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

General practitioner and former WADA president Dr Tony Bartone said the closure of children’s play areas was “a point of contention”.

“Children in this current epidemic are overrepresented in the numbers, you might say, but that shouldn’t be surprising given that they cannot be vaccinated and older parts of the population are approaching vaccination levels. higher, ”Dr. Bartone said today.

A closed playground in Melbourne.
A closed playground in Melbourne. (Age)

He said authorities had “every right” to investigate potential exposure to the outdoor playgrounds “while we are in this very precarious state.”

“Obviously, once we get that information, if it’s not proven, we need to balance the impacts on mental health and impacts on well-being by prohibiting children from entering this area. games and providing them with their daily routine or daily exposure to exercise and fun. “

Fears that a ‘mental health pandemic’ is spreading among Victorian children. (New)

A number of new infections in the state have come from suspected cases of transmission outdoors, prompting crackdowns on children’s play areas, including a skate park in Jacana.

In another case, two children returning home together may have caught the virus from each other with this infection which is currently under investigation.

Residents of a high rise apartment building on Lygon Street in Carlton are being asked to get tested immediately after the block was listed as a level two site overnight.

A nursery and several shops are also added to the growing list of exhibition sites.

A full list of new exhibition venues can be found here.

Dr Bartone said everyone needs to be on high alert when mysterious cases are at stake.

“What this really says is that until we can relate all of the cases and be clear on the source of transmission, we really have to stay alert and be very, very worried and get tested.”

He also suspects that the lockdown will be extended again. Thursday will mark a 200-day lockdown across the state.

“Until the number of tests increases dramatically above 30,000 per day, inside all of these mysterious cases, it doesn’t look promising at this point.”