BMara wrote:No racing at geelong tomorrow
Very sad - just seems an over reaction at this point in time.
I respect the VAL's decision but I don't agree with it.
It's not as bad as the idiots stockpiling toilet paper but it does feed into the panic unnecessarily.
The government's ban on mass gatherings starts on Monday. Geelong could have easily gone ahead and the chances of a COVID 19 case happening there is extremely remote, basically negligible.
There are only 160 known cases of people with COVID-19 in Australia with 36 in Victoria - out of a population of 6.4mil. That's only 6 per million.
Take appropriate precautions as outlined below and no-one should have any reason to be concerned.
To cancel Geelong now just adds to the paranoia. It would be better to keep the carnival going and let the athletes decide for themselves. My guess is they would have turned up wanting to support the carnival.
I can't see why they couldn't get through the weekend and reassess on Monday.
What's done is done. I feel sorry for those all ready to go and race tomorrow.
Now wonder if it's worth bothering to train for the rest of the season.The latest from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Nine new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed yesterday - bringing the total number of cases in Victoria to 36. This includes Victoria's first recorded case of community transmission.
The new cases include 6 men and 3 women aged between 20-70. All cases are recovering at home in isolation. Of the 9 new cases, 7 have a history of international travel. Case interviews are still being completed with some cases.
One case has no history of travel or contact with a confirmed case - the first case of community transmission.
A confirmed case who attended the Golden Plains music festival was not unwell at the event. As a result, no further action is required by festival goers.
The Department of Health and Human Services last night confirmed that a member of the McLaren Formula One team tested positive to COVID-19. They are recovering in isolation. A further seven F1 team members tested for COVID-19 have all returned negative test results.
"There have been a number of new developments in the past 24 hours. This includes the positive test in a Formula One team member, the rapidly changing threat posed by the spread of the virus in Europe, and the cancellation and suspension of other mass gathering events around the world," Victoria's Chief Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
"Through an abundance of caution, and after consultation with the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, I advised the Grand Prix Corporation not to allow spectators at the Australian Grand Prix, which has since been cancelled.
"My updated advice was based on other factors such as Victoria's first case of community transmission and the clear difficulty other countries are having containing COVID-19 without cancelling events.
"I am reviewing this rapidly evolving situation daily and will be discussing recommendations around future mass gatherings with my Federal and State counterparts at today's Australian Health Protection Principal Committee meeting.
"My advice will continue to be focused on doing whatever is necessary to minimise the spread of infection and keep Victorians safe."
Professor Sutton said we expect to see more and more cases of COVID-19 in Victoria."For the virus to spread, extended close personal contact is most likely required. But visitors to locations where cases have been should be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Close personal contact is at least 15 minutes face-to-face or more than 2 hours in the same room," Professor Sutton said.
"At the moment, we urge the public to be mindful and take steps to minimise the risk of COVID-19.
"Everyone also has a role to play in protecting yourself and your family. Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you are ill, stay at home."
The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support. All close contacts must self-isolate for 14-days.