Wastewater testing has revealed more COVID-19 fragments in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. This is where they were discovered.
COVID-19 fragments were again found in three recently collected wastewater samples from west and south-east Melbourne.
Samples were taken March 21-25 in Beaconsfield, Berwick, Clyde North, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Guys Hill, Hallam, Hampton Park, Harkaway, Narre Warren, Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South, Officer in Upper Beaconsfield.
Samples were also taken between 22 and 29 March at Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Truganina and Werribee, and between 23 and 26 March at Altona, Altona Meadows, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Point. Cook, Seabrook, Seaholme, and Williams Landing.
Virus fragments found in sewage water may be because a person with COVID-19 is in the early active infectious phase or because a person continues to shed the virus after the early infectious period.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton urged “anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild … to be tested”, especially those who live in the areas listed or have visited these areas during those data.
Meanwhile, the state has now gone 37 days without a locally acquired case. More than 9500 Victorians received test results on Saturday.
PUBS CALL FOR FULL TRADE AS THE JOBKEEPER DRYES
Pub owners are warning that they need to be able to operate at full capacity in order to navigate the impending financial crisis of both the JobKeeper and the ending rent waiver periods.
Victoria Australian Hotels Association head Paddy O’Sullivan is urging the state government to end capacity restrictions on pubs and hotels, saying any extra dollars would be crucial. as landlords confronted the end of JobKeeper’s rent exemption from Sunday.
“It will be very tough for places to keep up with their ever-increasing business costs if they have to operate under restricted trading rules,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
The limits of patrons in state pubs are set for one person per two square meters, which operates as a 50 percent limit.
But with Victoria this week not registering any new active cases for the first time in three months, Mr O’Sullivan said pubs and hotels should be able to operate at full capacity.
“As football crowds at MCG increase to 75,000, offices return to 100 percent capacity and people can have 100 visitors at home, pubs and hotels should be given added patronage as well.” , he said.
“This will have a significant impact on the survival of hospitality venues through 2021, saving jobs, livelihoods and some of the state’s most iconic hotels.”
State pubs and hotels had embraced the safe principles of COVID, including the early adoption of digital contact tracking, walking the density limits and practicing good hygiene, Mr O’Sullivan.
Publicman Mark O’Reilly runs a number of venues in Melbourne including The Glenferrie Hotel in Hawthorn, Bridie O’Reilly in South Yarra and Platform 28 in the Docklands.
Mr O’Reilly said JobKeeper and rent deferrals had played a critical role in supporting the industry through the pandemic but now it’s time for the posts to get back on their feet.
To do so, however, they needed to be able to run at full capacity, Mr O’Reilly said.
“We have no transmission in the community and we are able to operate safely,” he said.
“It’s been a difficult 12 months but we’re open and going in the right direction so let’s continue that.”
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Paul Guerra said South Australia and Western Australia were already operating with a 75 per cent occupancy limit.
“Victoria needs to reach 75 per cent of capacity now and accelerate to 100 per cent in the coming weeks as vaccine launch progresses,” he said.
“Time can’t be more crucial.”