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Virus testing blitz in Melbourne runs into conspiracy resistance

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By Sonali Paul

Australia reported a drop in new coronavirus cases on Friday, with a surge in the second most populated state Victoria appearing to have eased, although more than 10,000 people have refused to be tested in hotspot suburbs of Melbourne.

There were 66 new cases in Victoria on the second day of reimposed lockdowns in more than 30 suburbs mostly north of Melbourne. That was down from more than 70 new cases in each of the previous four days.

"We do need more time in order to get a firmer hold on whether there is a positive trend there. But certainly, to see these numbers relatively consistent is very pleasing," Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said in a media conference.

The spike in Victoria is being closely watched as the rest of the country has reined in the infection. The country's most populated state, New South Wales, reported zero new cases on Friday.

Overall, Australia has weathered the coronavirus pandemic much better than most other nations, with just over 8,000 cases and only 104 deaths so far.

Victoria has tested more than 24,000 people each day over the past two days in the hotspot suburbs. However, more than 10,000 people have refused to be tested, which the state's health minister said was alarming.

"It is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won't impact on them, so what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus," Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters.

Many of the new cases in Victoria, which had reined in the virus in May, have been traced back to one security worker at a hotel where returning travelers were held in quarantine, Mikakos said, pointing to how contagious the virus is.

Police are patrolling the streets in hotspot suburbs to ensure people leave home only to go to work, buy groceries or for health care.

Andrews warned that if the flare-up spreads to other suburbs, and case numbers top 20 per 100,000 residents, those areas would face new lockdowns.

"I can't rule out further restrictions," Andrews said.

The reimposed lockdowns in Victoria are not expected to stall Australia's economic recovery, although firms might be cautious with employment and investment decisions, economists at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) said.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Many of the new cases in Victoria, which had reined in the virus in May, have been traced back to one security worker at a hotel where returning travelers were held in quarantine............

So many of the new cases were people who were quarantined in case they had the virus but had it passed to them from one of the security workers guarding them? I would be seriously pissed off about that if I were one of them.

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Find out who has it. Isolate them from those who don't. Treat the sick patients who do test positive. Then you can stop the spread and snuff out this flame.

Everybody everywhere should be cooperative to this end.

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Anybody who refuses to be tested should go into a mandatory two-week quarantine.

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UK press reporting that the security workers "guarding" the returning travelers in quarantine apparently were having sexual relations with some of them.   also that the "quarantine" was otherwise pretty lax.

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So many of the new cases were people who were quarantined in case they had the virus but had it passed to them from one of the security workers guarding them? I

I think you read this wrong. The guard caught it from a returning traveller and he in turn passed it to the general population.

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UK press reporting that the security workers "guarding" the returning travelers in quarantine apparently were having sexual relations with some of them.  

Not like the UK press to sensationalise a story and add lurid details. Do you have a link?

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Good. Seems like people are waking up

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At least they do testing in Melbourne!

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Not like the UK press to sensationalise a story and add lurid details. Do you have a link?

Not just UK press...was reported in Australian media widely too ...one of the security guards blew the whistle...just Google it.

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Do you have a link?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8482659/Melbournes-goes-lockdown-checkpoints-city-fight-second-wave.html

I'm shocked (adopting my Daily Mail persona).

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one of the security guards blew the whistle

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

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Ah_soToday  04:52 pm JST

I think you read this wrong. The guard caught it from a returning traveller and he in turn passed it to the general population.

That is not what THIS says no matter how you twist the words:

Many of the new cases in Victoria, which had reined in the virus in May, have been traced back to one security worker at a hotel where returning travelers were held in quarantine,

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