Victoria has registered a new case of the locally acquired coronavirus as authorities continue to search for the source of an infection reported on Saturday.
The Health Ministry confirmed on Sunday that the new case is close contact of a person already infected and has been quarantined throughout its infectious period.
Some 17,102 Victorians were tested in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday morning, while 14,390 received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at state-run centers.
It comes as authorities work to link Saturday’s local virus case to the Kappa strain outbreak.
The case, a man living in central Melbourne with his young family, is a “mystery case” until a link is found.
Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said he was confident that link would be found, but said he was more concerned about undiscovered cases due to low rates of testing.
“There may well be more,” he told reporters on Saturday.
He asked the Victorians to hold each other responsible for possible symptoms of coronavirus and to encourage each other to get tested.
“Call them in the nicest way possible,” he said.
There were just over 15,000 tests on Friday and similar numbers the day before. That is compared to 30,000 to 40,000 daily tests earlier in the outbreak.
There are now 74 active cases in the state, including travelers returning to hotel quarantine.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews revealed he had been vaccinated and would return to work on June 28 as he recovers from a fractured spine and ribs.
Andrews revealed his plans in a Facebook post on Saturday night, saying doctors gave him the green light to return to work.
“The good news is that the vertebra in my back has almost completely healed,” he said in a video recording. “The corset came off, this is the corset that I have worn 18 hours a day for the past three months. “
“But the ribs are not completely healed. It’s going to take a while and the doctors tell me that the next few weeks will be a pretty painful adjustment.
Following a two-week lockdown that ended on Friday, the Melburnians are allowed to travel up to 25 km from their home and meet outdoors in groups of no more than 10.
There are more than 3,000 primary close contacts in quarantine as a result of community cases, as well as 122 exposure sites listed on coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
Health Minister Martin Foley would not commit to any further easing of restrictions in Melbourne, scheduled for Thursday.
He implored the Victorians to obey the restrictions, log in with their smartphones in all locations with a QR code, get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and get tested for the virus with even the slightest symptom.
Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier criticized the government for its lack of a plan to get out of the restrictions, asking how many daily tests would make them confident.