NSW records 10 locally acquired coronavirus cases; Victoria New Year’s Eve private gatherings cut from 30 to 15 after six local cases in 24 hours
Victoria’s health authorities said the state was not yet contemplating a fresh lockdown of Melbourne, but aged care centres are being urged to put a stop to non-essential visits.
Health Minister Martin Foley said the state’s public health teams have “learnt a lot” through the previous wave and were up to the challenge of getting on top of Victoria’s six new cases reported across 24 hours.
“We’re not planning on a further lockdown, but what we’ve got, through the hard work of our public health teams and our contact tracers, is in less than 24 hours, identification of now six related cases … and a series of exposure venues,” he said.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said non-essential visitors to aged care centres should not attend, and staff and essential visitors should be “screened and tested to make sure they don’t have a fever”.
“We’re recommending they don’t have any unnecessary visitors, but there is always the trade-off for people who are at the end of their lives – they may be able to have visitors.”