Number of active virus cases in Hume falls


By Laura Michell

There is just one active coronavirus case in Hume, down from 14 just a week ago.

Latest data from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shows there have been 57 cases of the virus recorded in Hume but only one case remains active.

There are no active cases in Whittlesea. The municipality has recorded 30 cases in total.

Overall, there have been 1610 confirmed cases on COVID-19 in Victoria.

No new cases have been linked to the McDonald’s outbreak at Fawkner which resulted in a confirmed case at a Craigieburn McDonald’s and the closure of 12 other stores for deep cleaning after a delivery driver contracted the virus.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said low rates of community transmission of the virus meant restrictions around some activities could be eased.

Students began returning to school today, while outdoor playgrounds, skateparks and gym equipment have also reopened.

From June 1, people will be able to have up to 20 people in their home and outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20.

Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities will be able to open, with no more than 20 people in a single area, with similar rules in place for public swimming pools and entertainment and cultural venues.

“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency,” Professor Sutton said.

“We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

“People with even the mildest of symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell are encouraged to get tested.”