Andrews also announced the death of a man in his 80s at an elderly care facility, bringing the state’s death toll to 806.
Health official Professor Brett Sutton said casual contact or shared facilities such as the Chadstone public washroom contributed to the butcher-related transmission.
“So that’s an important lesson,” he said. “People who work closely together can be part of a cluster, and all of their family contacts then become secondary cases, and then tertiary cases are where some of those family contacts go to their essential workplaces, again a times, before being potentially contagious. . “Six of the new cases are still under investigation and three are linked to an outbreak at a medical center in the eastern suburbs.
The 14-day moving average in Victoria is 11.9. There have been 13 cases with an unknown source – or mystery cases – reported in the past 14 days. Andrews was confident that number could drop to a moving average of five in two weeks, in time for Melbourne to take the next step of easing restrictions.
New South Wales reported no new locally transmitted cases on Sunday for the ninth day in a row. There have been two cases in hotel quarantine.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that officials will resume work from this week.
“We are now encouraging officials to physically return to work in their offices in a Covid-safe manner, which will help boost urban businesses and create more jobs statewide,” the liberal leader said.
“The government will continue to review health advice and will work to keep people safe while allowing them to resume their normal lives as much as possible.
Berejiklian said that due to state public health orders and the four square meter rule, the number of returning employees will vary based on available office space. Employees will be invited to travel outside of rush hour to help maintain social distancing on public transport.
New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said: “This is an important milestone and as workers return safely to the city it will help build confidence and support businesses that have suffered in the past six months.
Last week, unions said they were considering legal action and industrial action against a “diabolical and shameful” decision by the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission to grant public sector workers a wage increase of 0.3% instead of the usual increase of 2.5%.
Andrews urged the Melburnians on Sunday not to congregate in large groups, as reported on St Kilda beach on Friday, simply because the weather was warming up.
“If you want to spend the summer at the beach, then now will be the time to do it if we don’t do anything stupid, selfish, right now,” the Labor leader said.
“I want to thank all those Victorians who went to the beach and did so in full compliance with the rules. All those Victorians who went to the park, who followed the rules and were able to connect with others, got to enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Heaven knows the Victorians deserved it. But it has to be done the right way.
Sutton said the number of mysterious cases in Victoria remained “a concern” – with three new cases. The mysterious new cases have been recorded in and around East Malvern, Caulfield East, Caroline Springs, Deer Park and Braybrook, and he said it was a “call to arms” to get people in those areas ready. alert for symptoms.
“A single case of unknown acquisition… could represent five true cases there, could represent 10 or 15 true cases there, because we don’t know where they got it from,” Sutton said.
He said the decentralized public health system, with more local contact tracing teams to be announced soon, was “a really critical development” that would remain in place after the pandemic. Victoria has been criticized for waiting until September to digitize and decentralize her contact tracing system which was overwhelmed at the start of Wave 2.
Sutton said he always preferred a decentralized public health model – which is in place in NSW: “The ability to understand that intelligence on the ground is much greater and the agility and flexibility as well as the ability to surge, because you have those in place going, is much bigger.