Thousands of people are being urged to get tested after a new mystery case emerged in Melbourne.
The 30-year-old’s infection can’t be linked to another case or a high-risk location and may have picked up his infection from either the MCG or stores in the Chadstone Shopping Centre.
He attended day two of the Melbourne Test on December 27th, but it’s being pointed out that he was not infection when he attended the game. However, the MCG is being investigated as a potential source for the infection.
He attended shops in the Chadstone Shopping Centre on December 26th between 6 am and 2pm, which are also being treated as potential acquisition sites for the infection.
- Culture Kings
- JD Sports
- Jay Jays
- Dumplings Plus
“Based on the information available from the case, the man in his 30s, was not infectious while at the sites, but there is potential he acquired the virus while there,” a DHHS spokesman said.
“The man developed symptoms on 30 December and the department was notified of his positive test on 5 January. Given he has not visited any high-risk Victorian exposure sites or travelled to New South Wales, a number of acquisition sources are being investigated.
“The man was present at the MCG on 27 December, the second day of the Boxing Day test and is currently isolating.”
Victoria’s coronavirus testing commander Jeroen Weimar said that 8,000 were in Zone 5 at the MCG, where the case was seated and “there’ll be many thousands of people who’ve been through Chadstone”.
He’s urging Victorians potentially affected to get tested and stay away from the busy centre.
“I stress to anybody who potentially has a connection with Chadstone or the MCG on those dates and times please go to your nearest testing centres,” he said.
“Do not go to Chadstone. Chadstone is an extremely busy area. We would like you to get tested where you are now. Please don’t feel you need to come back to the venue. Check on availability, waiting times, please come forward to get tested.”
This article originally appeared on Over60.