Fear grows over increasing COVID-19 infections in southeastern Melbourne

The Ministry of Health stepped up vaccination efforts on Sunday by rolling out pop-up walk-in clinics across the region, including in Dandenong Plaza.

dr. Stuart and her team are working with community leaders, including Sheikh Salih Dogan, of the Emir Sultan Mosque, and Be Ha, of the Springvale Indochinese Mutual Assistance Association, to promote the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and warn that young people are not immune to the virus.

Imam Salih Dogan of Dandenong Emir Sultan Mosque speaks at the Dandenong Vaccination Hub on Sunday. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascuic

Tamil woman Meha Siva said some Sri Lankan supermarkets had been identified as exposure sites in recent days, and although her community was made up of generally resilient people who had fled a war-torn country, the pandemic had taken a huge toll on many people. especially the elderly, who felt isolated.

“I want to encourage people to please get vaccinated. Whether you are an Australian citizen or not, whether you are a resident or an international student, the vaccine is free,” said Ms Siva. “Like any other community, the virus has affected our community financially and mentally.”

Patrick Kisnorbo, coach of the Melbourne City Football Club of the Cranbourne East football A-League, had one message: “We want our community to be safe, we want our children, families and individuals to be safe, and the way to do that is through vaccination.”

Epidemiologist Adrian Esterman said Victoria’s peak of infection was “delayed by a week or two” due to non-compliance with the rules that became apparent on the grand finale day, meaning the number of cases would continue to rise for some time to come.


“The thing to remember is without vaccination, we expected there would be over 4,000 cases a day in Victoria by now,” Professor Esterman said. “Right now we’re seeing 1200 — that sounds like a lot, and it is, but it could have been a lot worse if there hadn’t been a high vaccination coverage.”

It is now unlikely that Victoria will reach its peak of infection until late October or early November and, if the current trend continues, the number of daily infections is predicted to exceed 4,000. — starts to decline again, cases could peak at 2,500 instead, according to Chris Billington, a physics researcher at the University of Melbourne who has tracked and modeled the spread of the virus.

Mr Weimar hopes the state’s high vaccination levels will slow the spread. “[There are] two things: as the prime minister said, get vaccinated, but you also have to maintain this behavior for the last few weeks – that’s what stops the spread,” he said.

“We saw the cause and effect from a week ago, the AFL long weekend final kicked off a spike that none of us wanted to see for the past four days. The numbers we see in the coming week will be based on our behavior of the past few days.”

Catherine Bennett, a professor of epidemiology at Deakin University, said she was also hopeful that the state’s effective reproductive number could drop within a week.

“We saw a bump in cases because we had mass transmission — hopefully that was a one-off, so we’ll settle in and bring that down, and that’s going to happen anyway given we’ve ramped up the vaccination,” said Professor Bennett.


“Hopefully that higher vaccination coverage in the southeastern community will protect people, especially those who are older and more frail.”

Starting Monday, the interval between the two Pfizer doses will be shortened from six weeks to three. About 52 percent of the eligible population in the state has received two doses of the vaccine, and more than 70,000 people were stung on Saturday.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said of the 476 people currently being treated for coronavirus in Victorian hospitals, only 5 percent had been fully vaccinated. He said 98 were in intensive care and 57 on a ventilator.

“If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re only at a fraction, a small percentage, of the risk of being hospitalized and becoming seriously ill, [and] your risk is drastically reduced,” said Mr Andrews.


“It’s the most important thing you can do to make sure you don’t end up in the hospital or someone you love ends up in the hospital. Not only are you less risk of getting it, less risk of spreading it and if you happen to get it and you’re fully vaccinated, you’re protected to a very, very high level.

The government has lifted a ban on public toilets at outdoor sports facilities, including golf courses and tennis courts, allowing people to use the toilets from Tuesday.

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