Virus spread eases


THE number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Frankston has risen by just five since the start of April.

The total number of positive cases in the Frankston area stands at 36 as of 20 April. On 2 April it was at 31.

The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide was 1328 on 19 April, an increase of nine from the day prior. 15 people had died.

Neighbouring municipality Kingston had 24 cases, while the Mornington Peninsula had 59.

Despite the slowed rate of positive cases, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says that “now is not the time for complacency.”

“We still have a long way to go,” he said. “While we are starting to see some improvement in the rate of transmission, that rate could climb quickly if we lose focus.

“Physical distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe. Our message is clear. If you can stay home, you must stay home.”

First published int he Frankston Times – 20 April 2020

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