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Australia's Victoria state says next 24 hours critical as COVID cluster grows

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Surely a person must test negative before being allowed to end quarantine, or is that not the case?

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This is why I worry about lifting mask mandates. On the one hand, I, like everyone else, do not want to wear a mask forever, but on the other hand, as long as there are people who cannot and/or will not get vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread and eventually there will be variants that are resistant to the vaccines and we'll be back to where we started. I don't know what the right answer is but I hope someone smarter than me can figure it out for all of us.

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I don’t understand that. What exactly is decisively different after 23, 24 or 25 hours?

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Hopefully they've been able to put a ring around this cluster. Keen to see the Rebels and Highlanders go at it this weekend.

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What a difference.

Look up the State of Victoria or NSW covid information sites on how many tests were conducted, how many are positive.

They tell you clearly and precisely right down to if the person caught the virus locally or overseas.

Even more shocking.

In the past 24 hours

Victoria tested 14,000 people (pop 6.6 million)

NSW tested. 19,000 people (pop 8.1 million)

Compare that to Tokyo with fewer than 6,000 tests for a population of 34, million.

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No lockdown this time ? What's going on

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Public gatherings limited to 30 people however the football will still allow half capacity which is many x thousands. Looks like there “science” is not much better than Japan when it comes to sport and money, and indeed no country is as keen as Australia in sending their teams to the Olympics despite their own no tolerance for any COVID cases. Sport in Australia is more important than anything

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Where have you been hiding? Sports is important to a lot of people everywhere.

If there's a country that "earned the right" to stage big sports events Australia is probably it

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Sports are everything in Australia, and that is a good thing. I look at kids not involved in sport and I don't like what I see.

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If the infection indeed spreads through the Melbourne Cricket Ground event , that sure would be a sign of things to come for the Olympics. Of course, J-govt would do their best to supress news of any such eventuality.

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yes Akula, sports can be a good thing, but these 23,400 people were sitting on their arses doing nothing....

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Whilst sport in Australia is definitely the main religion of the country that is mostly watching it, because the level of obesity is like the US, on of the highest in the world ,

it would indeed be better if more people were interested in playing rather than watching ( and gambling on it)

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Unfortunately many people areso interested in it that watching from the comfort and safety of the sofa isn't enough, they have to be onsite

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"but on the other hand, as long as there are people who cannot and/or will not get vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread and eventually there will be variants"

It's a virus, of course it's going to mutate. Why were vaccines never made mandatory for the flu, but they are all but for Covid? News flash, there are already variants.

Pfizer, Astra Zenaca...all have a history of lawsuits and yet have legal immunity. I'm going to wait for a bit

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As Australia's demographics change (less Anglo-Celtic) the country's obsession with sport is declining.

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Back on topic please.

Quick response.

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Wait, I thought Australia cases were zero. How does it spread if nobody is infected to begin with?

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As long as there is no large scale vaccination this kind of thing will continue forever. Australia's borders have to stay closed and NZ is as far as anyone can get (if they are lucky).

The countries that did the best containing the virus did the worst on vaccination, and vice versa.

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A "cluster" of cases of a disease which kills almost noone. How long do we have to endure this authoritarian overreach?

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WilliB Today  06:26 pm JST

How long do we have to endure this authoritarian overreach?

Wow! I didn’t know that you lived in Melbourne! What part do you live in?

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therougou Today  04:40 pm JST

Wait, I thought Australia cases were zero. How does it spread if nobody is infected to begin with?

Here’s the part of the article you missed:

The cluster has been traced back to an overseas traveler carrying a variant first found in India who had completed quarantine in South Australia, although officials have not worked out how it spread.

The unnamed man tested negative in hotel quarantine and flew back to the state capital of Melbourne this month but tested positive six days after he arrived.

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Whilst sport in Australia is definitely the main religion of the country 

Actually, although not a sport: lockdown related domestic violence, abuse and Netflix related junk food obesity seem to be the trend.

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@blvtzpk

If you read that paragraph, he tested negative before leaving quarantine, therefore he must have caught it en route within Australia and hence the search for the missing link

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@ Tokyo Yokohama Today  08:03 pm JST

If you read that paragraph, he tested negative before leaving quarantine, therefore he must have caught it en route within Australia and hence the search for the missing link.

I did read the paragraph. It said “officials have not worked out how it spread.

It’s possible he caught it en route or the test he had before leaving quarantine did not actually identify that he was carrying the virus. I’m going with the latter.

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The ABC is reporting that the carrier in Melbourne might have caught Covid from another person in the same hotel in which they were quarantined in Adelaide.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-26/playford-hotel-adelaide-coronavirus-transmission-report-released/100166228

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Dont know why Aus doesnt stop all international InComings/OutGoings.. seems sort of stupid.

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