Dozens of people suspected of having coronavirus in Victoria have gone MISSING as police find empty homes on isolation door knocks
- Health authorities conducted door knocks on 500 Melbourne homes this week
- They discovered 29 homes where coronavirus cases did not answer the door
- Anyone who has tested COVID-19 positive in Victoria should expect a visit
- The missing cases have been referred to Victoria Police for investigation
Nearly 30 people suspected of having COVID-19 in the coronavirus capital Victoria weren’t home when health officials went to check if they were isolating.
Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Defence Force have visited 500 homes around Melbourne in the last week.
They approached cases who could not be contacted by health authorities on the phone, and discovered 29 homes where people did not answer the door.
If residents test positive to the highly infectious COVID-19, they are ordered to stay at home until they recover.
‘They’ve been referred to Victoria Police,’ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.
Health authorities (pictured, DHHS and ADF staff in Melbourne on Saturday) have knocked on 500 homes of coronavirus patients in the last week and found 29 homes with no answer
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) on Wednesday said these cases that could not be contacted by health authorities had been referred to Victoria Police
He said the door knocking team would increase from 58 to 90 staff and every positive coronavirus case should expect to receive a visit.
‘If you are supposed to be at home isolating, you are supposed to be at home doing just that,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘Each and every positive case, everyone who gets a positive result from the laboratory will be door knocked and visited by an ADF and DHHS team.
‘Not just for compliance but making sure that every single positive case knows and understands what we are asking them to do and what they need to do.’
The premier said he sympathised with the difficult nature of spending 14 days in isolation, and encouraged Victorians to ask the door knockers for assistance.
‘It’s an opportunity where we can say “what can we do for you, what do you need?” and there will be many and varied requests,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘We will do our level best to meet each of them.’
Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Defence Force (pictured in Melbourne on Saturday) have been conducting the home visits
Mr Andrews said every Victorian who tested positive for COVID-19 should expect a visit from the health representatives (pictured, door knockers in northwest Melbourne on Satuday)
A DHHS spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the cases were being investigated.
Victoria Police has been contacted for comment.
Individuals who fail to self-isolate or follow coronavirus laws can be hit with a $1,652 on-the-spot fine.
Mr Andrews announced Victoria had recorded 295 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 4,849 active cases.
Another nine people died overnight and the state’s death toll has risen to 92.
The dead include two people in their 90s, five in their 80s, one in their 70s and one in their 60s.
Seven of the deaths were from aged care homes, which are responsible for 804 active coronavirus cases, including 502 healthcare workers
There are also 307 Victorians in hospital with 41 in intensive care.
Mr Andrews said the door knocking team (pictured in west Melbourne on June 24) would increase from 58 to 90 staff members on Wednesday