Altona North gym an exposure site, four new cases in Victoria

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the national cabinet had agreed a 70 per cent threshold was needed. (Joe Mastroianni) 239906_08

An Altona North gym is among three local tier two exposure sites added since last Wednesday as the state recorded four new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

A case attended Body Fit Training at 18 Bennet Drive on Wednesday, July 28 between 5.20am and 7am.

The four new locally acquired cases are linked to the current outbreaks and all have been in quarantine throughout their infectious period, the Department of Health said.

One new hotel quarantine case brings the total number of active cases to 124.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Tuesday said 10 people were in hospital.

“That includes three in intensive care and one on a ventilator,” he said.

“In terms of clearances, over 90 per cent of primary close contacts have now been cleared in this outbreak.” He said about 3000 remained.

Federal Labor has called on the Morrison government to provide a one-off $300 payment to every Australian citizen and resident who is fully vaccinated by December 1.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the payments would deliver significant cash stimulus for businesses.

“The government has guaranteed that Australia will have more than enough vaccines to meet the 80 per cent target by 1 December,” he said.

“When Australia’s COVID response relied on Australians doing the right thing, our country was leading the world.

“Now that Australians are relying on Scott Morrison to do his job and roll out the vaccines, we are coming last in the developed world.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the national cabinet had agreed a 70 per cent threshold was needed for lockdowns to start ending.

“We now need 70 per cent of our population aged over 16 to get vaccinated to move to the next phase where we can start saying goodbye to lockdowns,” he said.

“When we hit 80 per cent, lockdowns should become a thing of the past.

“If we all work together we can get this done, including getting to the next step before the end of the year. But it is up to all of us. There will be enough supplies. There will be enough GPs, pharmacists and nurses to deliver the jabs. All we now need is you.”

Local tier two exposure sites listed since last Wednesday are Woolworths at Borrack Square in Altona North on Saturday, July 24 from 5.15-6.30pm and 7-Eleven on the corner of Williamstown and Somerville roads at Yarraville on Sunday, July 24 from 7.05am-7.50am.

Australia Post at Newport remains on the list as a tier 2 site for Tuesday, July 20 from 12.20-1pm.

The health advice for a tier two site is to get tested urgently and isolate until a negative result is received.

People should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested again if symptoms appear.