EIGHTEEN Melbourne protestors who were at the ‘freedom’ rallies have tested positive for Covid. This includes an unvaccinated individual now admitted to hospital. 20,000 are urged to be on high alert in case of symptoms.

  • Melbourne has seen at most 18 Covid cases linked to freedom protests 
  • After attending rallies attended by 20,000 people, Covid was obtained by ten men and eight ladies.
  • The virus could spread unnoticed throughout the community, raising concerns.










At most 18 Covid cases are linked to the ‘freedom protests’ in Melbourne, Victoria earlier this month.

After marching with up to 20000 other freedom fighters on November 13, and 20, ten men and eight ladies tested positive for the virus.

Officials from the public health department believe that nine cases of the disease were already present at the rally, exposing others to it.

The Age reports that seven others may have contracted their illnesses while marching.

The demonstrator was admitted to the hospital with Covid treatment. However, he did not need intensive care. The patient was not vaccinated.

Crowds gathered on Melbourne’s state parliament steps against Covid vaccine mandates and the Andrews government’s controversial pandemic bill on three consecutive weekends

Crowds gathered on Melbourne’s state parliament steps against Covid vaccine mandates and the Andrews government’s controversial pandemic bill on three consecutive weekends

Only one protester was completely vaccinated while the other two received their first dose. 

Covid could be spread undetected among attendees to the protests. Some might doubt the existence of the virus or refuse testing. 

The Victorian Health Department spokeswoman urged those who were present at the demonstrations to stay alert for any symptoms, and get tested if necessary. 

Catherine Bennett, Deakin University’s chair in epidemiology, stated that it is likely that there are additional cases related to protests which health officials have yet to identify. 

Because many people aren’t vaccinated or don’t believe in Covid, she said that gatherings at freedom protests could pose a greater risk to infection.

Woman seen holding a sign referring to the chances of contracting the virus

A woman is seen with a sign that refers to her chances of contracting this virus.

“Protests do not constitute illegal activities, but some people are still hesitant to be tested because of symptoms or the fact that they attended the protest,” she stated. 

“It may be that there are going to be some people who will not test for HIV, especially those with mild symptoms.   

“And if people cheer and call out, it just increases the possibility of that… It is enough for them to remain there for just a moment. 

Police estimated about 20,000 people attended the most recent rally on Saturday,  marching through the CBD against vaccine mandates and legislation introduced to stem the spread of the virus. 

Protesters blocked Spring Street in the state's CBD brandishing banners and beating drums as they marched toward Bourke Street chanting 'sack Dan Andrews'

Spring Street was blocked in the CBD of the state by protestors waving banners and beat drums, as they marched to Bourke Street shouting “sack Dan Andrews”

Flags of countries were also seen at the protests which included flags from Greece, Lebanon and North Macedonia

Protests also featured flags representing countries, including those from Greece and North Macedonia.

For the weekend ahead, further protests were planned.

Victoria has just recorded 1 0007 Covid cases in the past night. The rest of the country waits eagerly to find out more about Omicron. 

A further three Victorian deaths were announced by the Victorian health ministry on Monday. They also confirmed that 11,501 Covid-19 cases have been managed. 

Omicron has yet to be confirmed in Victoria.

Australia now has at least three confirmed cases of Omicron variant, one additional suspected case and Botswana’s first Omicron report on Nov. 9, 2011. 

These cases occurred in Sydney’s returned travellers, and a third one was found in the Northern Territory. 

Signs seen in the crowds outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne's CBD

 Signs seen in the crowds outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne’s CBD

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