The new variant is not related to any sequenced cases elsewhere in Australia, but the patient has traveled to New South Wales.
Authorities in the State of Victoria in Australia stated that genome sequencing has detected an infectious Delta COVID-19 virus variant for the first time in the latest outbreak in Melbourne, the capital of the state and Australia’s second largest city.
“That variant is the Delta variant. It is now notorious in India and is growing in the UK. This is a worrying variant,” Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.
Sutton said this new variant has nothing to do with any sorted COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine areas in other parts of Australia or elsewhere.
So far, both cases in Victoria have so-called Delta variants of interestThis is considered to be the driving force behind the recent devastating wave of COVID-19 in India.
“The worrying thing is that it has nothing to do with other cases, but we are tracing all the contacts of these major cases… and investigating where they might have been obtained,” Sutton said.
According to the latest news, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Melbourne families who were diagnosed with the Delta strain had travelled to New South Wales (NSW) a few days before they tested positive.
The chief medical officer of Australia, Paul Kelly, was quoted as saying that federal health officials will meet on Friday to discuss the news.
“This is another mystery for us,” he said.
Extension of Melbourne lockdown
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, is struggling to contain its latest outbreak-65 cases since May 24-after more than three months of no cases, it imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people and closed down the Partial economy.
The government has linked all cases to a traveller who was quarantined in neighboring South Australia, who tested negative.
Melbourne enters a week of strict lockdown But starting Thursday night, the state relaxed some restrictions elsewhere.
Authorities blamed the strict restrictions in the city until June 10th on the Kappa variant, which was originally discovered in India and they described it as a highly contagious strain.
New cases remained in single digits for eight consecutive days. Four new cases of local infection were reported on Friday, up from three a day earlier.
Rapid lockdowns, regional border restrictions, and strict social distancing rules have largely helped Australia control the previous epidemic and maintain it. The number of COVID-19 is relatively low, with just over 30,100 cases and 910 deaths.
As of Wednesday, Australia has received more than 4.6 million doses of the vaccine, and Australia has an adult population of approximately 20 million.