Here's what could see Victoria's seven-day lockdown extended 

The sheer number of venues potentially exposed to Covid-19 across Victoria could be enough to extend the state’s snap seven-day lockdown, an expert has warned. 

An outbreak of cases in the state has ballooned to 26 infections within only a few days after a man from Whittlesea mysteriously tested positive to the highly-contagious Indian strain of Covid-19.

More than 15,000 primary and secondary contacts have been identified across 121 exposure sites – sparking fears Victoria’s latest outbreak could spiral out of control.

Doherty Institute infectious disease expert Professor Sharon Lewin said the fact thousands of the state’s residents are in isolation should mean health officials can get on top of the virus’ spread during the seven-day lockdown. 

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning. Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks near a Melbourne tram on Thursday

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning. Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks near a Melbourne tram on Thursday

The list of potential Covid-19 exposure sites in Victoria has reached 150 locations as of Friday morning.

Pictured are pedestrians wearing face masks near a Melbourne tram on Thursday

From midnight on Thursday Victorians can only leave home for five reasons – to shop for situs alternatif sbobet food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study if they can’t from home, and to get vaccinated. 

‘The reason why we’ve got this lockdown is what the government has called a “circuit-breaker”, meaning time to track all of these contacts,’ she told the ‘There’s something like 10,000 people in quarantine. Not so much to stop transmission but to actually get on top of these contacts and make sure they are at home and quarantined. 

‘I’m pretty confident seven days should be sufficient.’

She added Victorians were ‘getting complacent’ after going nearly three months without a locally-acquired infection. 

But Professor Lewin added the speed at which the Indian variant of the virus transmits, coupled with the number of exposed sites, could extend the restrictions.

‘[The Indian variant] is actually quite similar to the UK variant, probably double as infectious as the original variant,’ she said.

‘One issue we’ve had people that were infectious in the community and symptomatic for seven to 10 days and they’re visiting a lot of sites.

‘The government is having to go to the next layer to look at contacts of contacts and that is really why we have so many sites.’ 

The virulent B161 strain is wreaking havoc across the Indian subcontinent as well as in the UK.

Monash University epidemiologist James Trauer told Daily Mail Australia Victoria’s ability to contact trace in the coming days would help decide the fate of the lockdown.

Professor Sharon Lewin said the fact thousands of the state's residents are in isolation should mean health officials can get on top of the virus' spread

Professor Sharon Lewin said the fact thousands of the state's residents are in isolation should mean health officials can get on top of the virus' spread

Professor Sharon Lewin said the fact thousands of the state’s residents are in isolation should mean health officials can get on top of the virus’ spread

‘A lot of this is about whether we think contact tracing in Victoria has improved,’ he said.

‘Some of the variants like this Indian one are potentially up to twice as transmissable so the reproduction rate might be five people – authorities have to pull that number down to one,’ he said.

The reproduction rate – also known as the R-rate – is the number of people each positive Covid-19 case infects. 

The warnings came as it emerged an 18-second sliding doors moment between returned travellers in South Australian hotel quarantine sparked the crippling lockdown in Victoria.

SA Health released the findings of a report on Wednesday suggesting there were no protocol failures or high-risk events that could have caused the outbreak.

Instead, the report cited an exposure window of only a few seconds between the two guests – known as Case A and Case B – opening their doors to collect their meals.

Case A is a man in his 30s from Wollert in Melbourne’s north who arrived in Australia Covid-free before unknowingly catching the double mutant Indian strain in Adelaide quarantine. 

Case A tested negative for the virus three times during his stay in hotel quarantine and returned to Melbourne on May 4, only to return a positive result on May 11.

Returning travelers are taken straight from a Qantas repatriation flight to hotel quarantine on Thursday

Returning travelers are taken straight from a Qantas repatriation flight to hotel quarantine on Thursday

Returning travelers are taken straight from a Qantas repatriation flight to hotel quarantine on Thursday

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths meanwhile have reinstated toilet paper purchase limits of two packets per customer in Victoria as panic buyers strip shelves of the essential item.

The SA Health report found there was an 18-second gap between Case A and Case B opening their doors to collect their meals on May 3 at Adelaide’s Playford Hotel.

At that point Case B was contagious but had not yet tested positive to the virus.

‘On one occasion, Case B opened his room door to collect his meal, then 18 seconds later Case A opened his door to collect his meal,’ the report said.

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket stripped of toilet paper during Victoria's latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket stripped of toilet paper during Victoria's latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

Pictured: Shelves at a Melbourne Coles supermarket stripped of toilet paper during Victoria’s latest snap lockdown. The grocery giant has introduced purchase limits on toilet paper in Victoria

‘A similar situation was observed again on the same day with a time lapse of less than 12 minutes.’

The report said Case A could have been exposed to contaminated air during those periods – made worse by the fact the pair were staying at the end of the corridor.

The position of their rooms in the hotel may not have allowed the ‘exchange of fresh air…

despite adequate ventilation levels in the corridor,’ the report reads.

A poorly-ventilated hotel quarantine corridor was named as a potential cause of an outbreak of cases linked to a cluster in Parafield in Adelaide’s north last year.

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