Active corona cases drop

A microscopic image of the coronavirus.

By Alesha Capone

There are now only three active cases of the coronavirus among Wyndham residents.

In comparison, a week ago the municipality’s residents had 13 active cases of the virus (active cases are defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation and being monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services and who has not yet recovered).

Figures released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) show that a total of 51 Wyndham residents have been diagnosed with the virus.

Elsewhere in the west, there are eight active cases of the virus in Brimbank residents (out of a total of 61 cases), five in Melton residents (out of a total of 37 cases), two in Hobsons Bay residents (out of a total of 20 cases) and two in Maribyrnong residents (out of a total of 16 cases).

The total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria is 1573, a net increase of six since yesterday. One new case of the virus has been linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak in Brooklyn – with the total number of cases now linked to this cluster at 100, made up of 64 staff and 36 external to the facility.

There have been 165 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission

Currently 11 people are in hospital, including five patients in intensive care. 1454 people have recovered.

“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.

“Restrictions around some activities have now been eased in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate of community transmission of this virus.

“While encouraging, we need to remain vigilant. We must maintain physical distancing, practice hygiene and self-isolation when ill. These are common sense actions to ensure we don’t create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have eased their stringent regulations.

“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency.

“We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

“People with common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell are encouraged to get tested.”