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Victoria records 733 Covid cases following violent protests

Victoria records 733 Covid cases following violent protests
Victoria records 733 Covid cases and one death as fears rise that cases could explode following violent protests across the cityPositive Covid case numbers in Victoria slightly down from yesterday's 766 Melbourne has spent more days in lockdown than city on earth - 236 days in totalFrustrations over latest lockdown have spilled into ongoing protests in…

Victoria records 733 Covid cases and one death as fears rise that cases could explode following violent protests across the city

  • Positive Covid case numbers in Victoria slightly down from yesterday’s 766 
  • Melbourne has spent more days in lockdown than city on earth – 236 days in total
  • Frustrations over latest lockdown have spilled into ongoing protests in last week
  • Fears over further virus spread after anti-lockdown protester tested positive

By Daily Mail Australia Reporter

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Victoria has recorded 733 new local Covid cases as fears rise that the violent protests across Melbourne could be a super-spreader event. 

There was one Covid-related death also recorded on Friday, the Victorian health department confirmed, as it warned against any public gatherings on AFL Grand Final Day on Sunday.

Demonstrators who attended the third day of recurring Melbourne protests have been encouraged to get tested as a fellow mob member battles COVID-19 in hospital.

Victoria has recorded 733 new local Covid cases on Friday. Victorian police are pictured patrolling St Kilda beach 

Police question a woman in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, as they attempt to prevent protests by construction workers and demonstrators against Covid-19 regulations in the city

Victorian police officers detain a man as part of their operations in response to the ongoing anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne

Victoria’s health department has confirmed a person is being treated in hospital after attending Wednesday’s at-times violent rally.

‘Public health investigations are under way,’ a spokesman said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

‘We are urging protesters to get tested should they experience COVID-like symptoms, no matter how mild.’

Melbourne has been in lockdown since August 5 and in total spent 236 days in lockdown since the pandemic began, which is the world record

Police speak with a man during a patrol to prevent protests by construction workers and demonstrators against Covid-19 regulations in Melbourne on Thursday

In total 219 Covid cases are in Victorian hospitals, as 56,520 Covid tests were done and 41,029 vaccine doses administered.

Of the 733 new cases announced on Friday, well over half were from Melbourne’s northern suburbs, 427.

The percentage of Victorians double-vaccinated was 45.9 per cent, well below the national average of  49.3 and the NSW rate of 56.6.

Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton warned Victorians to stay home for Grand Final Day and celebrate – or commiserate – by video chat with mates.

‘We don’t want crowds at the Wendy Noble or crowds at Josh’s paddock on Sunday in celebration or commiseration. It’s those close contacts that put you, your friends, and your household is at risk.’

‘Enjoy your fancy cheese boards or whatever where you want to enjoy at home. Put the barbecue on, put your iPad up, have your phones on FaceTime, cry, scream and laugh over the internet to connect with friends and family and enjoy the spirit of the day in full.’

‘Remember transmissions are occurring in households.’

Dan Andrews has resided over 236 days of lockdown since the pandemic began

The protest-related infection was included in Friday’s official case tally.

The COVID-positive protester was among a mob of 400 to 600 who swarmed the Victorian capital on Wednesday, despite stay-at-home orders and repeated warnings from authorities.

Chanting ‘every day’ from the Shrine of Remembrance, hundreds without masks, some still wearing high-visibility clothing, marched through the city to the war memorial.

Riot squad members fired tear gas and other non-lethal rounds when rioters became increasingly hostile and refused to leave, with two officers injured and 215 arrests.

The demonstrations initially began in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms, but have since turned into wider unrest.

Two women are seen taking in the sunshine an enjoying a coffee at St Kilda on Thursday

Protesters gather at the Shrine of Remembrance on September 22

A fourth day of the planned protests was a non-event, with demonstrators largely a no-show on Thursday despite flagging potential meeting sites.

Police pounced on protesters before they were able to gather in significant numbers, making 92 arrests.

Meanwhile, stranded Victorians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon be allowed to return home from Greater Sydney.

From September 30, double-dosed Victorians stuck anywhere in NSW can come home if they return a negative test 72 hours before departure, isolate at home for 14 days and get tested at the start and end of quarantine.

Victoria recorded 766 new infections on Thursday – its highest ever daily COVID-19 case tally – and four deaths, bringing the latest outbreak’s toll to 20.

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