Victoria has recorded 733 new local Covid cases as fears rise that the violent protests across Melbourne could be a super-spreader event. There was one Covid-related death also recorded on Friday, the health department confirmed. Demonstrators who attended the third day of recurring Melbourne protests have been encouraged to get tested as a fellow mob member battles COVID-19 in hospital.Victoria’s health department has confirmed a person is being treated in hospital after attending Wednesday’s at-times violent rally.“Public health investigations are under way,” a spokesman said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.“We are urging protesters to get tested should they experience COVID-like symptoms, no matter how mild.”The infection will be included in Friday’s official case tally.The COVID-positive protester was among a mob of 400 to 600 who swarmed the Victorian capital on Wednesday, despite stay-at-home orders and repeated warnings from authorities.Chanting “every day” from the Shrine of Remembrance, hundreds without masks, some still wearing high-visibility clothing, marched through the city to the war memorial.Riot squad members fired tear gas and other non-lethal rounds when rioters became increasingly hostile and refused to leave, with two officers injured and 215 arrests.The demonstrations initially began in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms, but have since turned into wider unrest.A fourth day of the planned protests was a non-event, with demonstrators largely a no-show on Thursday despite flagging potential meeting sites.Police pounced on protesters before they were able to gather in significant numbers, making 92 arrests.Meanwhile, stranded Victorians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon be allowed to return home from Greater Sydney.From September 30, double-dosed Victorians stuck anywhere in NSW can come home if they return a negative test 72 hours before departure, isolate at home for 14 days and get tested at the start and end of quarantine.Victoria recorded 766 new infections on Thursday – its highest ever daily COVID-19 case tally – and four deaths, bringing the latest outbreak’s toll to 20. Source: Daily Mail
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