Melbourne Covid cluster: Woman who shared lift with infected removalist hits out πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

A woman trapped inside a locked-down Melbourne apartment block has revealed she travelled in a lift packed with furniture that was carried by two removalists infected with Covid-19.

Four new cases recorded on Wednesday are residents on the third floor of the Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong, which has been in lockdown since Monday night after the removalists with coronavirus from Sydney visited the building.

Resident Cherryll Scott vented her frustration on the Today Show on Thursday morning and begged for the positive cases to be removed from the building.

She also explained that she was ‘very annoyed’ that the furniture – which was potentially covered in virus fragments – was left in the elevator.

‘I was actually in the lift with the furniture when it was going up and down,’ she told host Allison Langdon.

Pictured: Cherryll Scott, who lives in the locked-down apartment block in Melbourne, where four Covid cases have been detected

Pictured: The Ariele apartments in Maribyrnong, Melbourne. The complex is in lockdown, and residents are not allowed to leave

Pictured: The Ariele apartments in Maribyrnong, Melbourne. The complex is in lockdown, and residents are not allowed to leave

‘When people are moving out they fill the elevator with furniture, even if there’s nobody downstairs to take it out,’ she said.

‘Ms Scott’s neighbour Nicole Clement said the women had a ‘sliding doors’ moment on the day the infected movers were in the building.

‘[Cherryll] got into the lift and I decided to take the 10 flights of stairs with my dog because there was so much stuff in the lift,’ Ms Clement said.

By deciding to take the stairs, Ms Clement avoided the risk of contracting Covid-19 by touching the furniture manhandled by the infected removalists just moment earlier.

While both woman have returned negative tests, they are stuck in their small apartments for a further 14 days as of Wednesday after a new case was detected in the building – taking their whole quarantine period almost up to three weeks.

Pictured: Nicole Clement, who said she managed to avoid travelling in the lift by taking 10 flights of stairs to her unit

Pictured: Nicole Clement, who said she managed to avoid travelling in the lift by taking 10 flights of stairs to her unit

Today host Allison Langdon (pictured) asked the residents if they feel safe living in the same building as people with Covid

Today host Allison Langdon (pictured) asked the residents if they feel safe living in the same building as people with Covid

Ms Clement said she has gone through quarantine ‘about 10 times’ in Australia and New Zealand, but said the positive cases have been removed from the building.

‘Here, we know that they are in the building with us and we can’t leave to go get any exercise,’ she told Langdon.

‘We are confined completely on our apartments.’

Ms Scott said she does not feel safe knowing there are Covid-positive people living on the floor above her.

‘There was real fear,’ she said.

‘It was the third floor and the floor below. ‘It is just above me.’ I know that sounds a little bit silly but that is the feeling that you have: It is just above me.’

When asked whether they would like the positive cases removed from the building, Ms Scott said: ‘Absolutely. Surely it would be better for them too.’

Until the end of July, all residents of the building will be forced to call authorities to take their garbage out, and have to collect food deliveries from the foyer.

Among those cases is a man in his 60s, who subsequently infected his parents, aged 89 and 90.

The man also attended an AFL match between Carlton and Geelong on Saturday and Highpoint Shopping Centre on Friday.

Three other new cases are from another apartment in the building. The two infected apartments are on the same floor.

The cases may sparked tough Covid restrictions, including mandatory masks indoors, which are expected to be imposed on Melbourne in the coming days after the city recorded 11 new cases.

Covid requirements such as mask wearing and social distancing were reportedly not followed.

The worrying development has put several venues in the city on a Covid exposure alert, including two packed shopping centres.

DFU Uni Hill shopping centre in Bundoora was revealed as an exposure site late on Wednesday night, after an infected case shopped at Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Cotton On and Connor.

The latest infection is a teacher from Bacchus Marsh Grammar who attended a staff day on Monday but had no contact with students on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Staff have been told to self-isolate and get tested, while the school’s Woodlea and Maddingley campuses will be closed for the rest of the week.

The teacher had gone to the MCC and for dinner with a friend who lives in the Ariele Apartments, where the infected removalist went.

Barwon Heads Primary School near Geelong has also been closed until further notice after a case of coronavirus was reported.

The teacher has already passed the virus onto two household contacts, while the man in his 60s who lives in the apartments has spread it to his elderly parents.

Melbourne Covid cluster: Woman who shared lift with infected removalist hits out

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