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.
â€œPeople 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.
â€œToday is a major setback in the way we are handling this epidemic,â€ he said.
â€œIf 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.
â€œLet’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. “