Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

covid test barwon healthLocals are being reminded to remain vigilant against COVID-19, with two new strains becoming more prevalent across the region.

Greater Geelong currently has 2,441 cases, after 337 people tested positive on Monday.

Wyndham has 1819 active infections, while 327 people are isolating on the Surf Coast with the virus.

Barwon Health Infectious Diseases Physician Dr Nomvuyo Mothobi said even people who have had COVID are at high risk of reinfection as the weather gets colder.

“People that had COVID last year or a few months ago, their immunity has waned … so they are a bit more vulnerable,” Dr Mothobi said.

Omicron BA.4 / BA.5 are now the dominant strains of COVID found in wastewater in areas including Geelong and Melbourne.

Health authorities are expecting the two to take over the BA.2 variant as the state’s leading type of COVID infection.

Dr Mothobi warned new variants had left everyone more vulnerable.

“It’s definitely an evolving state and something we’re keeping an eye on.

“But we do know that we expect the case numbers to rise and we definitely just need to keep our guard about us.”

Victoria is still refusing to reintroduce mandatory masks, although the move is under consideration in some other states as the COVID death toll soars.

Of the 10,000 Australian COVID-related since the beginning of the pandemic, 8,000 have been in the last six months.

There are now fears the number will reach 15,000 by Christmas, making COVID the country’s second-biggest killer behind heart disease.

Picture: File image [Barwon Health]

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