The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria is due to a significant number of social gatherings, including the AFL Grand Finals parties, Friday and Saturday, according to the state government.
The state’s COVID-19 response commander, Jeroen Weimar, said authorities believed about a third of today’s new cases – 1,438 – were due to illegal gatherings.
âPeople let their guard down and decided now is a big final weekend, it’s a long weekend, we deserve a little bit of payback, we deserve a better time,â M said. Weimar.
“And that has now translated into at least 500 more cases than we expected to see.”
Mr Weimar said 55% of Victoria’s new cases were men. The localization of cases was more extensive than usual, with 29% of new cases in the east and south-east.
âToday is a major setback in the way we are handling this epidemic,â he said.
âIf this trend continuesâ¦ we will go to the worst case scenario of all of these projections. This epidemic remains in our hands. “
Earlier, Premier Dan Andrews said the number of cases today is higher than it should be.
âLet’s all make the best decisions and don’t contribute to more viruses, don’t infect the people we love, don’t make our nurses’ jobs harder. Let’s just see it through – it’s only a matter of weeks now, and the lock will be off. “