'Cunning enemy': Concern over growing number of coronavirus 'mystery cases'

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 1, 2020

Victoria has recorded three more deaths from coronavirus, taking the national toll above 200, with 397 new cases of COVID-19 reported overnight.

Victoria's premier said that further steps to control the virus may be announced in a few days time depending on the outcome of a health analysis following the first 21 days of Melbourne's stage three lockdown, however he did not announce any new restrictions on Friday.

Of the 10,931 coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria since the pandemic began, 1,841 - about 17 per cent - have so far been classified as community transmission.

The 27-year-old Bellbird Park man - the Sunshine State only case of COVID-19 reported on Friday - is believed to have caught the virus when he ate at the same restaurant as an infected woman charged with illegally entering the State. But particularly those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.

"What we have at the moment are numbers that are too high of community transmission and that is a concern to us", Andrews told reporters.

Not being able to track the source of a case of COVID-19 had become a "silent enemy", Mr Andrews said.

"It is not a tap you can just turn on or off". Australian Defence Force personnel and public health officials have been visiting homes of positive cases to find many people were not there and therefore failing to isolate. Daniel Andrews, the Prime Minister of Victoria, said that the sick people simply went on to work, among other things.

Ms Neville said police fined someone on Friday for driving from Melbourne to Wodonga, which takes around three and a half hours, "to have a Big Mac". "There is absolutely no reason to drive from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries".

"I think there is no question when Victoria Police pull people over they are aware of the rules, but these people have made a decision to breach, blatantly breach, the chief health officer's directives".

A man wearing a mask walks along a quiet street in Melbourne.

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