Victoria has confirmed three more coronavirus cases, including one linked to a private psychiatric clinic which has been at the centre of a recent outbreak.

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Annaliese van Diemen, said the case linked to the Albert Road Clinic in inner-city Melbourne was a patient.

“That patient is an inpatient at the psychiatric facility so doesn’t require hospitalisation for their COVID infection,” Dr van Diemen said during a press conference.

The patient is the sixth at the clinic to test positive to coronavirus since the first case was confirmed in late March.

Dr van Diemen said patients who had been discharged from the clinic since yesterday were being advised to home quarantine for 14 days.

“They should have been advised that on discharge and they will be contacted on a daily basis by the department,” she said.

“We’re making risk assessments across all of the patients and the staff in the facility and all of them will be contacted.”

Dr van Diemen said she was concerned about the cluster.

“Outbreaks are always a worry,” she said.

“This is an infectious respiratory disease and that’s why we are taking no chances with it and that’s why we are undertaking an extremely thorough process.”

There were no new deaths recorded in Victoria overnight, with the coronavirus death toll in the state remaining at 16.

The three extra cases bring the total in Victoria to 1,346 with 11 still in intensive care.

“Pleasingly our trajectory remains downwards and our numbers are staying low,” Dr van Diemen said.

Source : ABC News


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