Dramatic drop in number of Whittlesea COVID-19 cases

FOR the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Australian shores, Mitchell Shire has more active cases of the virus than the City of Whittlesea.

Whittlesea was a hotspot for COVID-19 as case numbers surged in July and August, reaching a peak of 563 active cases across the municipality on August 10.

But Victoria’s strict lockdown measures have brought case numbers down just as sharply, with Whittlesea reporting only three active cases yesterday.

Case numbers have stayed relatively low in Mitchell Shire throughout the pandemic and the region went almost the entirety of September without a single active case, but an outbreak in Kilmore last week resulted in the number of active cases rising to five.

Statewide, there are 191 active cases of COVID-19, with 15 new cases reported yesterday.

The 14-day metropolitan average of new cases is 9.9 per day.

Metropolitan Melbourne, which includes the City of Whittlesea, must get below a 14-day average of five new cases each day to move to the third step of the State Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Macedon Ranges Shire has no active cases of COVID-19 and has not recorded a new case so far in October.