Victoria recorded 216 new cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths on Wednesday as terrible details emerged about the family that sparked the state's second wave of horrors.
An investigation into the Melbourne quarantine program found that the family was allowed to move around the hotel freely after their children left feces in their room.
The lowest level since July 13 on Wednesday raises further hopes that the strict lockdown on the state is slowing the spread of the virus.
Those who died were three men in their 70s, four women and one man in their 80s, and three women and one man in their 90s – all in elderly care, with 2,050 active cases in 120 facilities.
Victoria has recorded 216 new cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths. Pictured: Police speak to a local on Wednesday
Police and paramedics in Melbourne today according to reports, a man was found passed out in an alley
The deaths increase the state's toll from the virus to 363 and the national toll to 450.
Five cases involve elderly care in the Victorian public sector, while 2,045 cases are related to private sector facilities regulated by the federal government.
"We are on the downward trend and that is a very good sign," said Brett Sutton, Victoria's chief health officer, of the case numbers.
"The number of active cases in geriatric care is stabilizing, the number in intensive care units and ventilators has been fairly stable over the past few weeks."
Professor Sutton said Wednesdays is usually a "spike day" after weekend testing, but the number of people tested is decreasing.
He urged anyone with symptoms to come forward.
Melbourne is in its third week of a strict level four lockdown, which includes a 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. curfew and ends on September 13, while the rest of Victoria is under level three restrictions.
There are 675 Victorians in the hospital, 45 of whom are in intensive care.
29 people in the intensive care unit are ventilated.
Police patrol Flinders Street Station during Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown
A couple in face masks brave the rain during the Melbourne lockdown on Wednesday
The state hotel quarantine program investigation, negotiated Tuesday in 90 percent of the cases in the second outbreak, came from the family who moved to the Rydges on Swanston Hotel on May 15 after showing symptoms of coronavirus.
The family all tested positive for the virus three days later, and within a week two security guards and one Rydges employee were infected.
By mid-June, a total of 17 hotel employees and their close contacts had tested positive.
The Department of Health and Human Services Epidemiologist Dr. Charles Alpren said on May 18 that the nurses were called into the room after an "episode of pollution".
The incident is believed to have resulted in the spread of human waste by children in a desperate state, The Herald Sun reported.
"As a result, there is a suggestion that the family was allowed to go outside their room with security guards escorting them," said Dr. Alpren's investigation.
A woman walks past a sign urging people to stay home in Melbourne as the state hits another daily low
"It is possible that a broadcast event or events may have occurred at this point."
However, no cases have yet been identified due to either the contamination episode or the supervised walk, said Dr. Alpren.
Along with the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Melbourne, The Rydges on Swanston has been recognized as the source of 99 percent of the infections in Victoria's deadly second wave of the coronavirus.
"However, I cannot say exactly how many or how much they have occurred in each outbreak individually," said Dr. Alpren.
& # 39; It is likely that the vast majority – I said about 90 percent or more in my testimony – of COVID-19 infections in Victoria are due to the Rydges Hotel.
"It could be transmitted directly from family to staff or through contamination with surface viruses in the hotel, which the staff then came into contact with."
The virus escaped Melbourne's Rydges at the Swanston Hotel (picture). The Rydges on Swanston and Stamford Plaza Hotel have been viewed as the source of 99 percent of the infections in Victoria's deadly second wave of coronavirus
At the time of the Rydges outbreak, Victoria had very few other cases of COVID-19 and only 19 people had died from the virus.
The state's death toll now stands at 351, with 7,274 active cases.
The Stamford Plaza outbreak has been attributed to a man returning from overseas on June 1 and a couple who returned on June 11.
A hotel employee first showed symptoms on June 10 and tested positive on June 14.
46 hotel employees and their close contacts were found to have caught COVID-19.
Dr. Alpren found no link between cases in the Rydges and cases in Stamford Plaza.
Dr. Alpren analyzed genomic sequencing of 5,395 active cases and said 3,594 could be linked to the Rydges Hotel.
The outbreak is also linked to an additional 24 clusters.
Employees at a Melbourne hotel move luggage for guests in quarantine on June 25
Dr. Alpren said the department had "seen no evidence of any other transmission" outside of the hotels, with three exceptions.
“That's not to say that there aren't any other transmission events that could be there. However, with very few people coming to Victoria who may offer new import sources for the virus, this is becoming less and less likely, ”he said.
The evidence follows an expert on Monday who labeled personal protective equipment advice for security guards in the hotels as inappropriate and inaccurate.
Infectious disease expert Lindsay Grayson said security guards should have worn eye protection, gloves, a dress and a mask when interacting with or handling items belonging to returned travelers.
The investigation continues Thursday with hotel guests and workers who are expected to testify.
RYDGES ON SWANSTON CLUSTER:
* May 9 – The family of four returns to Australia from overseas and begins mandatory hotel quarantine. The first family member becomes symptomatic the same day.
* May 10th – The second family member becomes symptomatic.
* May 11th – The third family member becomes symptomatic.
* May 12 – The fourth family member becomes symptomatic.
* May 14th – The first two family members test positive for COVID-19.
* May 15 – Family moved to the Rydges at the Swanston Hotel.
* May 17-18 – Other family members test positive for COVID-19.
* May 25 – Three Rydges on Swanston Hotel employees become symptomatic. They will then be tested positive for COVID-19.
* May 26th to June 18th – A total of 17 people are epidemiologically linked to the Rydges outbreak and worked either in the hotel or with household members or social contacts by hotel staff. Another case, a household contact from an employee at the Rydges Hotel, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Queensland.
* May 30 – The Department of Health and Human Services receives an initial genome analysis related to the outbreak and concludes that all cases belonged to the same transmission network.
* As of July 31, DHHS had received reports of the genome sequencing of 14 of the 17 epidemiologically linked cases of the outbreak. All 14 cases grouped together genomically and genomically grouped with the family of returnees from overseas.
STAMFORD PLAZA CLUSTER:
* June 1st – man returns from overseas and enters the mandatory hotel quarantine. He becomes symptomatic the same day.
* June 3 – Man tested for COVID-19, diagnosed with the virus the next day.
* June 10th – employee becomes symptomatic.
* June 11th – A couple returns from overseas and enters the mandatory hotel quarantine. On the same day, one of them becomes symptomatic. The second becomes symptomatic the next day.
* June 14th – Employee diagnosed with COVID-19. The couple will be tested for the virus.
* June 15-16 – couple diagnosed with COVID-19.
* By July 13 – A total of 46 people epidemiologically linked to the Stamford Plaza outbreak will be diagnosed with COVID-19. They are either workers in the hotel or household contacts for employees.
* The subsequent genome sequencing concludes that the outbreak consists of two different chains of transmission. One cluster emerged from the overseas traveler from June 1, the other from the couple from June 11.
* To date, the DHHS has received reports of genome sequencing from 35 of the 46 cases epidemically related to the outbreak.
* No links were found between the Rydges Hotel outbreak cases and the Stamford Plaza outbreak.
Source: testimony of Dr. Charles Alpren, epidemiologist for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Scott Morrison says the coronavirus sting will be mandatory for Aussies – as thousands of moronic anti-Vaxxers start the social media "war" on vaccines
By Charlie Moore, Daily Mail Australia political reporter
Scott Morrison has announced that it will make a coronavirus vaccine "as mandatory as possible".
The government signed a contract on Tuesday to bring the Oxford University vaccine to Australia once it is approved. This could be the end of this year.
When the news broke, thousands of anti-Vaxxers bombarded politicians with online abuse, saying they would refuse to accept it.
People protest during the "Wake Up Australia!" March against mandatory vaccinations at Melbourne Botanic Gardens on May 30th
But in an interview on Melbourne Radio 3AW, Mr Morrison said he would make the push mandatory.
"There are always exemptions for vaccines for medical reasons, but that should be the only basis," he said.
“I mean, we're talking about a pandemic that has destroyed you, the global economy, and killed hundreds of thousands around the world and over 450 Australians.
"We need the most complete and comprehensive answer to this to get Australia back to normal," he said.
When asked if he was prepared for a backlash from anti-Vaxxers, he said, “I'm used to it, I was the minister who didn't establish a push or a game.
“My view on this is pretty clear and not reversible. You must do it for yourself, your family, and your fellow Australian citizens. & # 39;
Since 1998, children have had to take vaccines to go to school unless their parents have an exemption.
As part of the no-jab-no-play program in 2015, the government lifted the conscientious objection exemptions.
Some scientists feared that compulsory vaccination could lower vaccination rates through a backlash, but vaccination rates were slowly increasing across the country.
The prime minister said he wanted to achieve a 95 percent coronavirus vaccination rate in Australia.
When asked at a press conference today on how to ensure that everyone is taking the vaccine, the Prime Minister said, "We will deal with these issues as they are and see what steps are needed at this point."
Some people cannot take the vaccine for legitimate medical reasons. To protect them, everyone else must be vaccinated, he said.
Acting chief medical officer Paul Kelly said the first step is to offer people to take the vaccine voluntarily.
Older people and healthcare workers are likely to be given priority in the steady rollout of the vaccine, the prime minister said.
In brief: A scientist is working on the possible vaccine at the Jenner Institute in Oxford
On Tuesday evening, Science Secretary Karen Andrews said she was "attacked" by protesters on Facebook and beat them up for spreading conspiracy theories.
"Last night my social media pages were attacked by anti-Vax protesters," she wrote in a Facebook post.
"While I support freedom of choice, in my role as science minister I am unwilling to allow these people to promote pseudosciences."
Under the intergovernmental agreement, all 25 million Australians can be injected for free just a few weeks after the Oxford vaccine was approved.
The vaccine, licensed by UK pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, is in phase three with thousands of people in the UK, Brazil and South Africa.
Previous studies found that 95 percent of participants produced a strong immune response and a four-fold increase in antibodies to the coronavirus.
The federal government has signed a so-called letter of intent with AstraZeneca in which the company agrees to hand over the vaccine to Australia once it has been approved.
Australia will then manufacture millions of cans on home soil and distribute them across the country.
The government is in talks with the country's largest healthcare company, CSL, to make sure enough doses can be given as soon as possible.
AstraZeneca has already agreed to share the vaccine with the UK, the European Union and international organizations including the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Australia will later sign a final formal agreement with the company detailing the distribution, timing and price of the vaccine.
Scott Morrison said: & # 39; The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this agreement we have given every Australian early access.
"If this vaccine proves successful, we will immediately make and deliver vaccines ourselves and make them free for 25 million Australians."
The government is also negotiating to buy vaccines from other developers in case the Oxford vaccine doesn't work.
All 25 million Australians can get free injections just a few weeks after the vaccine is approved, which is expected to be late this year or early next year. Pictured: shoppers wearing masks in Sydney on Tuesday
There are currently 167 vaccine candidates in preclinical and clinical trials worldwide, including 29 in human clinical trials.
In Australia, there are three candidates – at the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and Flinders University in Adelaide – who have all completed Phase 1 studies.
Mr Morrison said, "There is no guarantee that this or any other vaccine will be successful. Therefore, we are continuing our discussions with many parties around the world while supporting our own research to find a vaccine."
Australia is expected to spend billions of dollars researching, buying and manufacturing a vaccine.
Before the deal was announced, Labor health spokesman Chris Bowen slammed the government for taking too long to sign an agreement.
"I am concerned that Australia is way behind the game when it comes to getting access to the vaccine," he said on Tuesday afternoon.
"It is up to the government to take urgent steps to ensure we have these advanced supply arrangements in place."
The United States has six supply agreements, the UK five, Japan and India three, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea one.
Health care workers at a COVID19 drive-through testing facility in Melbourne on Tuesday
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