Person Who Attended Melbourne Black Lives Matter Rally Tests Positive For Coronavirus
A person who attended the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne over the weekend has since tested positive for coronavirus.
Victoria has recorded eight new cases, which includes the protestor, a man in his 30s.
The person was asymptomatic at the time of the demonstration, however there's no knowing whether they infected other people.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said: "I hope that anyone who has attended that [protest], and indeed across Victoria, who develop symptoms that are compatible with coronavirus really need to isolate themselves, get tested, get that result back and become well before they get out and about again."
The man was wearing a mask during the rally, however Dr Sutton explained that masks aren't 100 percent effective at preventing the spread of the virus.
Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across Australia at the weekend to protest against police brutality and called for better treatment of Aboriginal people.
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However, that mass gathering of people during a pandemic has been problematic.
Medical experts are concerned about every single person who attended these rallies and have told them to self-isolate for two weeks just in case.
Australian Medical Association chief Dr Tony Bartone said: "We need to be very clear - we are still very much in the early phase of dealing with COVID-19. Mass gatherings are certainly the last gatherings on the list [of restrictions] and it was clearly against the advice of all the health authorities.
"[The] only safe way...of minimising any risk of it [coronavirus] spreading over the next 14 days is to ensure that we keep our distance from the rest of the community."
Pictures show the vast majority of people who attended the protest demonstrations in capital cities across the country wore face masks to avoid spreading the virus.
However, officials say we won't know whether the mass gatherings resulted in more coronavirus cases for a few weeks.
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