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Disability service quarantined, Mikakos confirms AFL crowd discussions

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said workers and clients from the service would be tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.

“The day sessions are very small groups that might have only been perhaps two or three people together with this particular client in those sessions, but of course all of that investigation is underway now,” said Ms Mikakos, who added that the client’s case was picked up via a home testing service for those with a disability.

Carlton’s Rydges Hotel on Swanston, where one new case was confirmed on Wednesday, has been hosting returned travellers, which is believed to be the source of that outbreak.

Ms Mikakos said continued low daily case numbers would allow the state to further review the loosening of restrictions, which are slated to be wound back further on June 22.

However, she said Victoria was not yet ready to welcome limited number of fans into AFL matches, as states such as South Australia, Queensland and possibly New South Wales will do this weekend.

“Every jurisdiction is making their own decisions based on the assessment of risk,” Ms Mikakos said.

“We will be guided by the advice of the Chief Health Officer. We know there are some discussions happening around these issues and at the right time we’ll have more to say about these issues.

“But you know we are taking a very cautious and gradual approach to how we ease the restrictions … there are risks with bringing large crowds into confined spaces.”

Meanwhile, police on Wednesday afternoon said they were still in the process of fining the organisers of Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest that attracted 10,000 attendees in Melbourne.

“Police are reviewing footage, gathering evidence and expect to take enforcement action against several organisers in due course,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. “Investigations are ongoing.”

Health experts say it will become clear in 10 to 14 days after the event whether COVID-19 spread among the crowd.

Ms Mikakos said a recent cluster in Melbourne’s north and north-west, in suburbs such as Keilor Downs and Craigieburn, now appeared to be under control.


“I don’t believe we’ve had any new cases in those local government areas in recent days,” she said.

Ms Mikakos was joined on Wednesday by Professor Declan Murphy from the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre to remind Victorians that “it has never been safer” to seek their regular medical check-ups either in-person or via telehealth.

Ms Mikakos said: “Our hospitals and GP clinics are open and ready to help all patients, with the strictest infection control guidelines to keep everyone safe.”

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