“What we can be certain of is that there will be some significant community transmission within those numbers,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
The recommendation to residents in Moreland, Darebin, Hume, Cardinia, Casey and Brimbank stays to remain vigilant, though the Premier mentioned solely those that are unwell ought to keep away from travelling inside Victoria over the varsity holidays that start this weekend.
Mr Andrews additionally flagged an elevated, focused testing regime in these native authorities areas, which would come with asymptomatic residents.
He mentioned it was not but time for a extra extreme lockdown of these suburbs.
“If and when we need to make announcements about how we’re going to deal with these hotspots further, then of course we will. But that’s not today,” the Premier mentioned.
As police extra stridently implement coronavirus restrictions throughout Melbourne, officers have once more been given permission to challenge on-the-spot fines with out approval from their supervisor for breaches of out of doors and indoor gatherings.
“They can issue those [fines] on the spot … [this is] really sending a really strong message that police need to strongly enforce those directives,” Police Minister Lisa Neville mentioned.
Earlier on Tuesday, authorities confirmed a major college in Keilor Downs and one other in Brunswick – within the hotspot council areas of Brimbank and Moreland – had every closed for no less than three days after college students examined constructive for COVID-19.
The Keilor Downs scholar is linked to the suburb’s household outbreak. The opposite new case within the cluster was a employee at a Coles distribution centre in Laverton, in Melbourne’s south-west.
The employee wouldn’t have dealt with any groceries or merchandise offered at supermarkets immediately, Coles mentioned. Different staff who had contact with the contaminated workers member have been requested to self-isolate and get examined.
Saturday’s resolution to reimpose some restrictions, similar to limiting family gatherings to 5, was attributed to the unfold of coronavirus inside households, who’re liable for about half of Victoria’s lively circumstances.
Mr Andrews mentioned public well being doorknockers would assist overcome any language and cultural limitations.
“There has been very deep engagement with localised communities, multicultural communities, multi-faith communities,” he mentioned.
The Premier mentioned the almost certainly purpose for Victoria recording extra coronavirus circumstances than different states was that there had been “low-level chains of community transmission that we were not necessarily aware of”, regardless of a two-week blitz of 175,000 checks.
Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious illnesses professional and head of The Alfred hospital’s COVID-19 response, mentioned probability had in all probability performed a job in Victoria as nicely.
“About 80 per cent of people transmit to one or fewer people, but 20 per cent can become ‘super spreaders’, because they’re asymptomatic, work in a vulnerable setting or a number of other reasons,” he advised The Age.
“When you get down to small numbers like in Victoria, chance plays a huge role. I don’t think Victoria is doing a huge amount different to other states.”
Mr Andrews additionally defended the federal government’s dealing with of accommodations housing returned travellers, that are liable for two of the state’s largest clusters.
“Many, many thousands of people have been quarantined in hotels,” he mentioned.
“There have been issues in lots of different settings across the country when it comes to hotel quarantine. It’s a challenging thing to do from a very practical point of view.
“I do not suppose you possibly can ever rule out … people who find themselves working the service contracting the virus.”
Mr Andrews rejected recommendations from public well being specialists that Victoria might take into account returning to arduous lockdown to attempt to remove COVID-19, saying Australia would follow a suppression technique, reasonably than eradication.
“This isn’t a zero circumstances every single day technique,” he said.
“There’s an appropriate stage of recent circumstances. We’re not at that time now. The quantity of neighborhood transmission that we have is simply too excessive.”
Michael is a state political reporter for The Age.
Rachael Dexter is a breaking news reporter at The Age.
Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.