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Black Lives Matter Protester Contracts Coronavirus, May Have Been Infectious At the Rally

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An Australian man has tested positive to coronavirus after attending a Melbourne Black Lives Matter protest over the weekend.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the man in his 30s was unlikely to have contracted the virus at the rally, however, he may have been infectious on the day.

“I hope that anyone who has attended that [protest], and indeed across Victoria, who develop symptoms that are compatible with coronavirus really need to isolate themselves, get tested, get that result back and become well before they get out and about again,” Sutton said.

Although the man was wearing a mask at the protest, Sutton admitted “masks are not 100 per cent protection” from the virus.

In Victoria, COVID-19 restrictions still limit outdoor gatherings to 20 people at a time.


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