Urgent virus alert for AFL game at MCG

Thousands of football fans in Melbourne have been deemed high risk of catching the infectious Delta strain currently plaguing NSW, after a Covid-positive case visited the venue.

Victorian authorities confirmed eight new cases for the state on Wednesday linked to a returned family and a crew of removalists, who both came into the state from NSW.

Covid-19 testing head Jeroen Weimar said more than 2000 people who attended an MCG match between Carlton and Geelong on July 10 were now at risk.

It came after one locally acquired case was announced before a press conference at 11.30am, where authorities announced another seven cases.

Mr Weimar confirmed four of the new cases were from the Ariele apartments complex in two separate apartments on the same floor the removalists were working on.

A resident, a man in his 60s, and his elderly parents all tested positive to the virus as a result.

A further three people in a second apartment also tested positive.

One case announced earlier on Wednesday is a fourth family member of the City of Hume family, who all tested positive after travelling from NSW to Victoria on a red travel permit.

“I appreciate this is concerning news,” Mr Weimar said.

“This is clearly a very rapidly moving situation, and we’re very keen to make sure we get a very firm grip of this as soon as we possibly can.”

People on level two of the MCC Reserve have been classed as close contacts, with others who attended the game urged to get a test.

The Highpoint Shopping centre has also been deemed an exposure site, with anyone who visited the centre on July 9 between 10am and 2pm encouraged to get tested.

Authorities identified further exposure sites for the state, including the Craigieburn Coles on July 10, and the Kalkallo Caltex south-bound on July 9.

Mr Weimar said health officials were continuing to investigate the situation and urged Victorians who visited an exposure site to get tested.

“There are caps at football for a reason, there‘s mask wearing indoors for a reason,” he said.

“I need as much information as I can get to protect the Victorian community.”

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