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Geelong prepares for lengthy AFL road trip following Victoria’s coronavirus spike


Geelong has only recently arrived in Sydney but the club is already preparing for the possibility of being on the road for longer than the five-week period initially laid out by the AFL.

The Cats are one of 10 Victorian clubs that have kept the season rolling by exiting the state as it battles its latest COVID-19 spike.

They take on Brisbane at the SCG on Thursday night before travelling to Perth, where they will play against Collingwood, West Coast and Fremantle.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said he was unsure when the Cats would be allowed to return to Victoria.

He said the club had started considering the potential ramifications of the club being forced to extend the interstate road trip, including how they might juggle the squad over a longer period.

The Cats have taken their entire playing group to Sydney but could send players home at different points.

“We need to put some thought into how it may play out,” Scott said.

“Even the scenario where we may send players home, we need to put some thought into when we might be able to get them back.

“That has to factor into our thinking, because the last thing that we want to do is send guys home and be away longer than expected and risk not being able to get them back into the state in which we’re playing.”

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Gary Ablett has travelled interstate with the Cats to their Sydney hub.(AAP: Dylan Burns)

Cats veteran Gary Ablett revealed on Sunday his 17-month-old son is living with a rare degenerative disease, but he has opted to travel with the team while his wife Jordan and son Levi remain at home.

Scott said the Cats would give Ablett their full support.

“We consider our role as one of support for whatever he [Ablett] needs,” he said.

“Right at the moment, we’re pushing on with a little bit of a loose plan around what his next month to six weeks might look like, but keeping our options open to change our mind as things happen.

“It’s clearly a difficult time for him, it has been for some time, but one of the things that’s made him a champion over the years, in my opinion, is his ability to compartmentalise these things.”

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Great Ocean Road walkers airlifted in dramatic rescue


Four coastal walkers have been saved in a dramatic air rescue in strong winds on the Great Ocean Road overnight.

Two 73-year-old men and two women, age 51 and 49, were walking from Castle Cove to Dinosaur Cove along the Great Ocean Road walking trail near Glenaire when they were forced to the water’s edge by a scrub fire, according to Victoria police.

The Victoria Police air wing was brought in to winch the group of four to safety.

The Victoria Police air wing was brought in to winch the group of four to safety.Credit:Justin McManus

As the group of four tried to reach Johanna Beach, they became trapped on a rock ledge by the rising tide.

As night fell and the temperature dropped, they managed to call emergency services.



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Victorian AFL clubs set for extended road trips as Queensland shuts down borders to travelling clubs


Collingwood and Geelong are set to spend more than three weeks on the road from July, with more matches likely to be played in other states after they complete their stint in Western Australia.

AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld says all clubs face the prospect of spending four or five weeks away from home at some stage this season, similar to the time WA clubs West Coast and Fremantle will serve in Queensland.

It comes as the AFL grapples with reworking its fixture on the run due to the Queensland Government announcing fresh coronavirus protocols that have forced an immediate reshuffle of this week’s matches.

The Magpies and Cats had been set to play each other while in quarantine in Perth in round seven and rotate matches against West Coast and Fremantle before returning home.

But Auld indicated their road trips would likely be extended.

“If the quarantine conditions work for [clubs] then I think that four to five-week period seems like it works OK,” Auld told 3AW.

“It may not be, under these circumstances, four to five weeks in the same place.

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Geelong coach Chris Scott said his team would have to roll with the punches.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

“If you look at Geelong and Collingwood, for example, they’ll go to WA for three weeks and they may come back [to Victoria] via one of the other states now.

“They could come back via New South Wales or Queensland. We’ve got that option that we need to explore.”

Geelong coach Chris Scott said his club was prepared for a chaotic schedule.

“We’ve just got to roll with the punches,” Scott told AFL 360.

“If this is the price we need to pay to keep the competition alive, I think we’re all willing to pay it.”

Auld also indicated other Victorian clubs could be sent to Queensland in the near future under similar conditions to the two clubs being sent to WA.

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West Coast have endured a torrid time in the Queensland hub, but other teams may have to share their pain.(AAP: Darren England)

Clubs could also be sent for multiple matches in South Australia if the state’s borders open as planned in July, while temporary hubs remain a possibility in NSW and other regions.

Victorian clubs could potentially cycle through those hubs to keep the season alive.

Auld said clubs and broadcasters wanted two weeks’ notice for fixtures, and crowds returning in some states also presented a challenge.

“As that starts to come into play, that’s a factor we need to take into account in terms of giving fans enough notice to get a ticket to get to games,” Auld said.

“The complexity continues but certainly the flexibility is really important for us at the moment.”

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Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative deal with China


On a seemingly ordinary October morning in 2018, senior officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were blindsided in a pretty spectacular way.

A newspaper article about a historic deal between Victoria and China saw a flurry of confused panic ripple through the government’s frontline force for all things global affairs.

Premier Daniel Andrews had signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing to make his state a member of the Communist Party’s $1.5 trillion Belt and Road Initiative – the only government in the country to do so.

In fact, it came after the Commonwealth had declined an invitation to sign on, largely out of concerns about China’s true intentions, so the news was viewed as quite astounding to DFAT.

A key player in “Team Australia” had gone rogue and they’d just found out about it at the same time as everybody else.

Eighteen months on, in the shadow of significant trade and political tensions between Canberra and Beijing, due to Australia’s call for an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, Victoria’s deal is under renewed scrutiny.

And there are calls for Mr Andrews to abandon the “dud” arrangement, which not only has offered no real benefit to Victoria, but “places the state in peril”.

WHAT IS THE BRI?

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the ambitious One Belt, One Road project – more commonly referred to as the Belt and Road Initiative – in 2013, calling it “a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future”.

In summary, it’s $US1 trillion ($A1.44 trillion) of spending in 138 different countries to create a global trade route. “Belt” describes overland routes for road and rail transportation, while “road” describes maritime passages.

Mr Xi set the lofty goal of completing all of the BRI projects by 2049, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

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“There is a diverse array of projects encompassed under the BRI umbrella, focused on six main ‘economic corridors’,” Associate Professor Michael Clarke from the National Security College at the Australian National University explained.

“These corridors link China to Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe by land, and to Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Pacific and East Africa by sea (the ‘Maritime Silk Road’).

“To date, China has pledged an estimated $US1 trillion in investments in ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure, from ports and high-speed rail to telecommunications and cyberspace, and signed memorandums of understanding with 138 countries.”

The flowery language describing Beijing’s goals weren’t enough to stop concern being felt by many nations in the years after it was announced.

From a purely economic perspective, Associate Professor Clarke said those concerns are valid.

“Many BRI projects are financed through Chinese public financial institutions such as the Export-Import Bank of China that enjoy low borrowing costs and interest rates,” he said.

“This enables them to lend on favourable terms to Chinese companies, who can then significantly undercut foreign companies for infrastructure bids.”

Another concern raised on many occasions relates to accusations that China was engaging in “debt trap diplomacy”, he said.

Essentially, the view is that Beijing extends massive loans to countries that will struggle to ever pay it back, and then leans on them to extract political and economic concessions.

In some regions, such as the Pacific, that level of influence could represent a national security risk for the Western world.

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VICTORIA’S CURIOUS DEAL

A chunk of the blame for the level of public distrust about the arrangement lies with Mr Andrews and his government for the secretive nature of the deal.

For one, the first the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade knew about Victoria’s deal with Beijing was when media reports about it emerged.

“It was extraordinary at the time,” Dr Graeme Smith from the School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU said.

No one at a federal level seemed to know it was coming – something that’s fairly unusual in normal dealings.

The “Canberra gossip” at the time was that DFAT and the Department of Defence had been cut out of consultation entirely, Dr Smith said.

“They had no idea it was going ahead until the announcement was made, which was unusual.”

The Commonwealth seemingly wanted nothing to do with BRI itself, despite the potential to pump billions of dollars into the country’s northern regions, Professor Peter Lloyd from the University of Melbourne said.

“It did this in part because of concerns about China’s strategic intentions,” Prof Lloyd, an economist, wrote for The Conversation.

And then on top of all that, Mr Andrews initially refused on multiple occasions to release the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document, only relenting after growing pressure on the eve of an election.

The Victorian Government established a working group after signing the MOU, to develop a framework to guide the partnership.

“With the biggest infrastructure program in our state’s history under way, we have the design and delivery skills China is looking for, meaning more jobs and more trade and investment for Victorians,” Mr Andrews said in October 2018.

While it was initially designed to promote investment in Victoria’s mammoth pipeline of infrastructure projects and boost exports from the state, it has evolved in the 18 months since.

The developed framework now reveals that the BRI partnership goes beyond infrastructure investment to include technology and agriculture investment.

But for all of the controversy then and now, there’s an important point in all of this, Dr Smith said.

“The deal obliges Victoria to do absolutely nothing, so it’s not as though they’ve signed away Australia’s sovereignty.”

IS THERE ANY BENEFIT?

Mr Andrews promised the BRI would deliver jobs, investment and economic growth but on virtually any measure, it hasn’t delivered anything.

And Professor John Fitzgerald, a China expert at Swinburne University of Technology, is sceptical about any real benefit from the deal.

“The BRI does not appear to be helping with jobs, trade, or investment,” Prof Fitzgerald wrote in an article for The Mandarin.

Further, he said that by signing up, “Andrews has arguably placed his state in peril”.

“Although the BRI deal has brought little or no benefit to Victoria, the fact remains that once a government signs on to an agreement with Beijing, the consequences of reversing the agreement can be far worse than not signing on in the first place,” Prof Fitzgerald wrote.

“In this sense, the premier has hung an albatross around the neck of his own and any future government of Victoria.”

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Victoria should instead invest more effort in broadening trade and investment agreements with countries like India, Japan and Vietnam, Prof Fitzgerald said.

“In weighing up the costs and benefits of the immense effort Victoria has expended in building trade and investment links with China, for no appreciable value added, we have to consider the opportunity costs of not investing comparable effort in relations with Japan and India and other countries in the region.”

Michael Shoebridge is the director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program, and he’s equally confused about why the BRI deal still exists.

“If it’s about cheap financing, the COVID-19 environment means money is as cheap for governments to borrow as it has ever been, so that reason doesn’t make much sense,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“If it’s about giving Chinese firms work, there are plenty of Australian companies that are at least as qualified and available to undertake infrastructure projects.

“If it’s about using Chinese digital technology in our infrastructure, that’s probably just a bad idea.”

Dr Smith said the benefits of Victoria’s BRI deal are “clearer on the Chinese side”.

“On the Victorian side, it does buy them good will, relative to other state governments, with China at a time when relations between it and most other nations aren’t great,” he said.

But that’s about it.

“Thus far, I think it’s been a bit of a disappointment for the Andrews Government, in the sense that the big investment in infrastructure projects haven’t materialised,” Dr Smith said.

From Beijing’s perspective, it gets to include Australia as a BRI member state – even though it’s just Victoria – so “propaganda-wise, it’s great for them”, he said.

In the current global political and economic climate, Victoria’s relationship with China makes even less sense, Mr Shoebridge said.

“And the Victorian political leadership’s championing of the state’s tie-up with Beijing on infrastructure is a glaring wedge that Beijing is driving into Australia – at a time when national cohesion on dealing with the Chinese state is essential.”

WHAT’S CHINA’S GOAL?

As tensions between Canberra and Beijing escalated, sparked by the government’s lobbying for an inquiry into COVID-19, leading to trade barriers from China, Victoria’s Treasurer Tim Pallas chose to use some intriguing language.

Mr Pallas blamed the government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “inelegant interventions” for the hefty tariffs on barley producers and a ban on some beef abattoirs in Queensland.

And while he conceded an inquiry into the pandemic was necessary, Mr Pallas slammed the “vilification” of China and warned that it was “dangerous, damaging and probably irresponsible in many respects”.

Mr Shoebridge said the optics of the extraordinary intervention by a state politician about national foreign policy and trade was damaging.

It gave the appearance that Australian governments were at odds over China.

“Unfortunately, the Treasurer’s words sounded like talking points from Beijing’s foreign ministry or an article in the Chinese Communist Party’s Global Times mouthpiece,” he said.

The Victorian Government coming to Beijing’s defence so enthusiastically would’ve played well in China, Dr Smith said.

“And that’s absolutely part of China’s MO when it comes to foreign policy, to promote the impression of division in the West – and even to sow division,” he added.

Dr Smith said the comments were “very off” in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, but also continual revelations about human rights abuses in prison camps in Xinjiang, and in light of attempts to cripple freedoms in Hong Kong.

“That kind of language would’ve probably been fine three years ago, but now it seems very off. It’s like, seriously?”

There’s no doubt that China’s BRI goal has a big “geo-strategic element to it”, he said.

“You can see it in the birth of the Belt and Road Initiative. It was a defensive response to the Obama Administration’s pivot to Asia. Beijing needed to strengthen trade links and strategic links.

“It’s an investment project to encourage trade. But, there’s an element of companies who are part of BRI being expected to do the State’s bidding.

“The language structuring the initiative is very broad, it’s very ambiguous, and so it’s hard as an outsider to determine what the State can make these companies do.”

FUTURE OF VICTORIA’S BRI DEAL

Political pressure is mounting on Mr Andrews to abandon Victoria’s deal with China, but he and the government are remaining steadfast.

Mr Shoebridge was blunt in his assessment, saying: “It needs to be halted and reassessed.”

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien said this week that China’s trade retaliation over recent weeks, which impacted some Victorian farmers, shows the BRI is a “dud”.

“This is not about trade, this is not about jobs. This is all about political influence,” Mr O’Brien told reporters.

Mr Smith can’t see Victoria abandoning the BRI any time soon, given the political brawling doesn’t seem to be inflicting any damage on the State Government.

“They’re looking to grow Victoria’s exports and grow investment, and that doesn’t play badly with Victorians. You have to remember, it’s essentially a city state – it’s Melbourne with a little bit of regional influence.

“You have a very urbanised population who are aware of the state’s connection to the global economy in a way that other parts of Australia aren’t quite as much.

“However much on the nose China might be, there’s an awareness of the importance of the relationship.”

The Premier this week said his government didn’t agree with China on everything, but defended efforts to maintain a strong trade relationship.

And the BRI won’t be going anywhere, Mr Andrews insisted.



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Premier makes wrong turn on Belt and Road


With China more willing than ever to exert its growing economic might and territorial ambitions, and less willing to countenance criticism, Mr Andrews has given the federal government an unnecessary headache. It would be hard enough treading a fine line between a willingness to support democratic principles of openness and transparency, while preserving the enormous economic benefits that come with the relationship with China.

From the moment Mr Andrews won office, he was set on turbo-charging the state’s ties with Beijing. In 2015, he made a point of taking a group of high-profile Victorians to China on his first overseas trip as premier, while vowing to send every minister in his government on the same journey within his first term. Eyeing the enormous financial windfall in attracting Chinese tourists, students and investment, it was a smart move as Victoria was losing its standing as a manufacturing hub.

But from the start Mr Andrews’ handling of the Belt and Road deal has been problematic. Treasurer Tim Pallas’ ill-advised remarks last week about Australia’s “vilification” of China and blaming the Prime Minister for the barley tariffs have backfired.

Far from the coronavirus outbreak tempering China’s willingness to exert authority across the globe, it has taken its ability to quash the virus as further justification for advancing its authoritarian ways. The recent move to take further control over Hong Kong, bypassing the local legislature in the process, is just the most high-profile instance of this new confidence.

China’s forceful pushback in the form of new trade barriers on Australian products, the penalty for the entirely justified support for a transparent investigation into the origins of the pandemic, is just the local iteration of that new outlook. This type of geopolitical manoeuvring is not for state governments to be meddling in.

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That there are more than 68 countries signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative and Victoria is an outlier in that regard should have been a red flag in itself. But fresh from recent battles with Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the opening of schools, Mr Andrews appears unwilling to back down. He has proved a strong leader in many respects and performed admirably during the coronavirus pandemic. But on Belt and Road he is making a mistake.

States should have close ties with China. Mr Andrews is right to align the state with the economic powerhouse. But the Belt and Road deal is more than just a forum for boosting investment and jobs. It’s more than a way to forge better ties through co-operation. For President Xi, it’s his signature policy that unites all of China’s efforts to exert its influence across the globe. This is a delicate diplomatic situation the federal government must navigate to the benefit of all Australians. It’s time Mr Andrews realised that and took a step back.



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Melburnians hit the road in droves as restrictions ease


“They have definitely come here from Melbourne. In the last two days we’ve done more than we did the entire month of April. It’s a real relief.”

Even though some anglers from the city may be breaching rules regarding overnight stays given the town’s distance from Melbourne, Mr Johnstone said he was just happy to see people come through the door after a period of genuine struggle for the local industry.

“It would be great if they allowed them to stay overnight, our business would go up exponentially. It was bad when they said we couldn’t go fishing, but as soon as they opened it up it just went through the roof with sales.”

Laura Hunter from Altona Lakes Golf Course in Melbourne’s west said casual and more ardent players alike had returned in droves.

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“We’re very busy, extremely busy,” Ms Hunter said as a long line of golfers filled the course’s club house, all appropriately socially distanced of course.

“Club members playing, there’s 80 of them on the course. Then our [non-member] bookings are back-to-back-to-back. It’s much busier than a usual Saturday, which are busy anyway.”

A worker at the BP service station sitting on the Princes Freeway outbound at Little River – the gateway for Melburnians heading down the Great Ocean Road and into other parts of western Victoria – said people were back out in force.

“It’s really busy. Very busy, probably double to what we’re used to,” the worker who did not want their name published said. “It was pretty quiet at times during the lockdown.”

However Health Minister Jenny Mikakos warned Victorians against complacency. She said staying home was still preferred.

“It’s important that everyone understands this pandemic is not over,” Ms Mikakos said.

“It is important people take every possible precaution. We would still encourage people to stay home as much as possible. Just because you can do more things doesn’t mean you should do more things.”

She said if you did leave your home you should frequently use hand hygiene, physical distancing and stay home if unwell.

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Two men killed after road rage fight spills onto highway at Woodburn


Two men have been killed after they stopped their vehicles on a highway to fight and were hit by a passing truck on the NSW Pacific Highway.

Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway about 5km south of Woodburn about 8.10pm last night with reports of a crash involving two male pedestrians and a B-double truck.

Richmond Police’s Chief Inspector warned drivers not to take tailgating incidents into their own hands this morning and to “pull over” when talking about the incident on radio this morning.

“If you think a vehicle is tailgating you, just pull over and contact police,” Chief Inspector McKenna told ABC North Coast today.

The men, a truck driver and an SUV driver, had suffered critical injuries and died at the scene, NSW Police said in a statement. Police are still working to formally identify the two men.

Chief inspector McKenna said one witness, a passenger in the SUV was at the scene. He said police have dashcam footage of the crash but have urged anyone else with footage to come forward.

He said the incident has now been referred to the coroner.

Police were told the two men, drivers of an SUV and a semi-trailer carrying logs, had both been travelling south on the Pacific Highway when they were involved in a minor altercation at about 8pm.
The drivers stopped their vehicles about 5km south of Woodburn and got out. Witnesses told police they saw the men fighting in the northbound lane of the highway before they were struck by a B-double.

Both men sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene.

The male driver of the truck, 35, from Albury, was uninjured in the crash and was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The men have not been formally identified however police said in a statement they believe the SUV driver to be a Grafton man, 35. They believe the semi-trailer driver is a Smiths Lake man in his 40s.

Police closed the Pacific Highway for almost nine hours while they examined the crash scene.

Inquiries are continuing. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.



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Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVIDSafe downloads top 5 million as Scott Morrison flags road to economic recovery, global COVID-19 cases surpass 3.5 million as Australian death toll stands at 97 – The Sydney Morning Herald


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Bindoon: Skeletal remains found off Tea Tree Road near where car of missing woman Mary Nix was found


Police are examining skeletal remains found by a man cutting wood in bush near Bindoon yesterday.

The remains are yet to be identified but police say they were found about 4pm yesterday in an area off Tea Tree Road near where the car of missing woman Mary Nix was found abandoned.

Ms Nix, 69, was reported missing by her neighbours in Lockridge last April when they became concerned her dogs were not being cared for.

She was last seen about 7am on April 1 last year at a Bassendean post office.

On April 11, police found her distinctive burnt orange Chrysler PT Cruiser near Tea Tree Road.

Police said at the time they were concerned for Ms Nix’s general health and believed she might have been confused or disoriented.

She lived alone and had minimal contact with family.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Ms Nix’s family have been made aware of the discovery.



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Melbourne outbreak worries patients and doctors at Albert Road Clinic


Her psychiatrist told her about the outbreak on Thursday, rather than the clinic or health department, when he received a blanket email from Victoria’s Chief Psychiatrist.

“My mum explicitly asked before she went in on Tuesday, have there been any coronavirus cases?” the woman said.

“The staff said no. Whether they didn’t know or the management was withholding it, the communication was appalling. My mum’s psychiatrist was furious on Thursday.”

A spokesman for Albert Road Clinic, owned by Ramsay Health, said the Health Department was responsible for contact tracing and contacting patients, but admitted it was aware of a “small number of staff cases” before this week.

He said the Health Department informed the clinic about the cluster of cases, mostly among discharged patients, on Wednesday night.

“The clinic acted as quickly as it could in terms of communication on Thursday,” he said.

The woman’s elderly mother has suffered pneumonia, bronchitis and is prone to asthma.

Since picking her up on Friday, neither Albert Road Clinic nor the Health Department has contacted the woman or her mother.

The woman said of her mother: “We thought she would be safe going in because they said they hadn’t had cases, but that’s completely not the case.

“There were people all together in the dining room until late Thursday, group therapies were still happening. They only changed things once it became public. That’s why we are so angry.”

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The first case, a psychiatrist, is believed to have contracted the virus outside of the clinic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton have said that effective detection and suppression of local COVID-19 outbreaks would be essential in managing the spread of the virus when social restrictions were eased.

Victoria announced three new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the state’s total to 1346 with 1262 people recovered. There are 24 people in hospital, including 11 in intensive care.

After an investigation into the outbreak was announced on Friday, Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen on Saturday defended the state’s response.

“Every case that is diagnosed is contact traced … the fact that the Victorian public found out about these [on Friday] doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening since the 24th of March. It’s not the same thing,” she said.

“But we are obviously reviewing all of the actions that have been undertaken.”

A psychiatrist who referred a patient to Albert Road Clinic earlier this month told The Sunday Age he only heard about the outbreak on Thursday evening when the clinic’s chief executive emailed staff and doctors informing them of the outbreak.

The doctor said he would not have referred his patient if he had been told about the coronavirus case on March 24.

“It seems strange that the hospital was open to admissions for a month with a positive COVID-19 case there, and referring and admitting doctors weren’t informed so they could use that information in their clinical decision-making,” he said.

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