9 Out Of 10 Victorians Who Tested Positive For Coronavirus Did Not Self-Isolate Properly
Victoria has today recorded the highest single daily jump in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
A whopping 484 people tested positive for the virus, despite large scale lockdowns being put in place across Melbourne to stem the spread of it.
However, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has shined a light on why there might have been so many cases since the beginning of July.
The southeastern state has been experiencing a dramatic second wave of coronavirus infections and Mr Andrews says people aren't self-isolating properly.
At a press conference, the Premier said: "I'm very unhappy and very sad to have to report that nearly nine in 10 - or 3,400 cases - did not isolate between when they first felt sick and when they went to get a test.
"That's an interesting measure in that people have felt sick, they've got symptoms, and they've kept going shopping, they've kept going to work."
What's even worse was more than 50 per cent of people who ended up getting tested also didn't go home until they got their results back.
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Mr Andrews added: "I'm equally saddened to have to report that 53 per cent - or 2,056 of those 3,810 cases - did not isolate - that is, did not stay at home and have no contact with anybody else - between when they had their test taken and when they got the results of that test."
When you get tested for coronavirus, you're required to go straight home and not interact with anyone. The test can sometimes take a few hours or it can take a couple of days; regardless, you're meant to stay home.
Premier Andrews slammed the people who decided to keep doing normal things, despite feeling sick enough to get tested.
"You must go and get tested when you feel sick," he said. "That is the only thing that you can and must do. And if people don't do that, then we will continue to see numbers increase.
"Unless we have people who get tested staying at home and isolating until they get their results, then we will not see these numbers come down. They will continue to go up and up."
The Melbourne metro and Mitchell Shire areas have been in lockdown for nearly two weeks after hotspot areas were identified.
Victoria has seen triple digit daily jumps in the number of people contracting coronavirus for some time now. It won't slow down unless people take the advice from health authorities and stay home if they feel sick.
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