Expert Says No Coronavirus Cases Have Been Traced To Australian Black Lives Matter Protests
Health authorities were worried several weeks ago as mass protests were organised across Australia.
At the height of tensions over the killing of George Floyd in police custody in the US, Aussies wanted to show solidarity with Americans, as well as highlight problems within their own country.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest - however, owing to the ongoing pandemic, authorities thought it would be best if everyone didn't come together right at that moment and instead maintained social distancing.
However, two weeks on, it seems there have been no coronavirus cases that can be traced back to the Black Lives Matter Protests.
The nation's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy told ABC News: "Whilst three of the protesters in Victoria did test positive, we don't think they transmitted or got it at the protest."
The people who tested positive were wearing masks and were reported to be asymptomatic at the time of the protests.
When asked why there were such reservations around the mass gathering of people, apart from the obvious, Professor Murphy said he was worried about what precedent it would set.
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"[There were concerns] that it led to people who were doing the right thing about avoiding gatherings feeling a bit like others were breaking the rules so they could too," he said.
While the protests haven't resulted in any known cases yet, Victoria is still grappling with a large outbreak of cases.
The Premier has threatened to put the state back into lockdown if infections continue to climb.
The state has had another 17 infections recorded over the past 24 hours, according to News Corp, taking the state's total active cases to 127.
Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities haven't been able to find the source of 11 of those cases.
He has warned that if the numbers continue to climb then social distancing rules will be strengthened.
Andrews said: "It doesn't matter how many people are doing the wrong thing - everybody, everybody will pay the price if we get to a point where restrictions either localised or across the state need to be re-introduced.
"We have seen many families, large families, who have gathered in numbers beyond the rules.
"That is just not on. It is not acceptable. Particularly if anybody in those family groupings has even mild symptoms - let alone if anybody in those family groupings has been told to quarantine as a close contact, or even a positive case.
"Now, just on home, it's really important again it is your household and five guests."
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