Victoria COVID case contracts virus in AAMI Park crowd outside ground before visiting Prahran markets

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Victoria’s Testing Commander says one of the state’s new COVID-19 cases contracted the virus in the “unstructured crowd” outside AAMI Park, despite being initially thought to be a Tier 2 contact.

On Thursday, Victoria recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases all linked to known outbreaks, bringing the total of the current cluster to 133.

Seven of those new cases are linked to Trinity Grammar, six are linked to Ms Frankie’s restaurant, two are linked to the group who travelled to Phillip Island, five are connected to St Patrick’s school in Murrumbeena, one is linked to the MCG, two to Mildura and two to the Hume family.

The last case is linked to the Wallabies game at AAMI Park and that person visited the Prahran Markets, turning it into a Tier 1 exposure site.

“The AAMI Park case is interesting,” Jeroen Weimar said on Thursday.

AAMI Park in Melbourne. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAPIMAGE

“It was originally somebody who was on the same side of the ground, but well outside of that Tier 1 area – they were a Tier 2 contact initially.”

Weimar said the man tested and returned a negative result under the Tier 2 rules.

“When we revised our Tier 1 definition a few days ago on the ground of evidence of some mingling outside of the ground, this case was incorporated and became a Tier 1 contact,” he said.

That man then went back into isolation where he was tested again and returned a positive result.

He was in the community for one day, during which he visited the Prahran Markets.

“We’ve reviewed the CCTV footage again, we’ve seen this case mingling and we know again it’s another case of transmission in the queues outside the ground,” Weimar said.

“We’re seeing evidence of that transmission in unstructured crowds outside of major events.”

Prahran Market becomes Tier 1

Prahran Market organisers say the shopper went to the location on Saturday July 17 between 9.40am and 11.15am.

They visited a number of traders, including Pete n Rosie’s Deli, Q le Baker, Prahran Seafoods, John Cester’s Poultry and Game, Gary’s Quality Meats, Reliable Fruit and Veg and Market Lane Coffee.

“Due to the broad geographic spread of the traders, DHHS has taken the step of classifying the whole of Prahran Market as a Tier 1 exposure site,” Prahran Market posted on its social media overnight.

“All staff working within the market during the exposure period will be immediately tested and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date.

“If you visited the market during the exposure period, you should immediately seek a test and then quarantine yourself in accordance with current DHHS requirements.”

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