The new version is not related to any other case in Australia, but the patients went to New South Wales.
Authorities in the Australian state of Victoria have announced that the genome sequence has for the first time identified a version of the Delta COVID-19 virus among infections, most recently in Melbourne, the state capital and Australia’s second largest city.
“That version is the Delta version, it is now infamous in India, it is becoming more and more common in the United Kingdom. That’s a significant concern, “said Victoria Sutton, director general of health in Melbourne, on Friday.
Sutton said the new version had nothing to do with the COVID-19 sequel in other parts of Australia, neither in the hotel quarantine nor elsewhere.
So far, there are two so-called Victoria cases Delta version of concern, which is believed to be behind the recent devastating wave of COVID-19 in India.
“It’s a concern that it’s not related to other cases, but we’re pursuing all those primary links … և we’re looking at where it came from,” Sutton said.
Following the latest update, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Melbourne family, who were diagnosed with Delta strain, had traveled to New South Wales (NSW) in the days leading up to their positive tests.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly quoted federal health officials as meeting on Friday to discuss the news.
“This is another mystery we need to work on,” he said.
Melbourne Extended Block
Australia’s second most populous country, Victoria, has been struggling to contain its latest outbreak of 65 cases since May 24, with more than three months without incident, severely restricting the movement of people and shutting down much of its economy.
The government has linked all cases to one quarantined passenger who was released from quarantine.
Melbourne is a week of heavy blocking but as of Thursday night, some curbs in the state had eased.
Authorities blamed the extension of hard curbs in the city until June 10 on the Kappa version, first found in India, which they described as a highly contagious strain.
The new cases remained in single digits for eight days in a row. Four locally acquired cases were reported on Friday, compared to three cases a day earlier.
Extraordinary blockades, regional border restrictions, strict rules of social distance have greatly helped Australia to contain previous outbreaks, to maintain it COVID-19 numbers are relatively low, with more than 30,100 cases և 910 deaths,
In Australia, which has a population of about 20 million adults, more than 4.6 million doses of the vaccine were administered on Wednesday.