Victoria records six new cases as state braces for lockdown extension

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Victoria has recorded six new cases in the past 24 hours to midnight as the state’s lockdown is expected to continue beyond its original Thursday deadline.

The state received 51,033 test results and 20,585 Victorians received a vaccine dose.

The Victorian government is expected to make an announcement today on an extension of the state’s seven-day lockdown.

As of Tuesday, one in 10 positive cases had caught the virus from a stranger in what testing commander Jeroen Weimar has described as fleeting contact.

NSW Health revealed last night that one positive Victorian case had travelled to NSW, visiting Jervis Bay, Goulburn, Hyams Beach and Vincentia while potentially infectious on May 23 and May 24.

The person drove back to Melbourne on May 24, reported the onset of symptoms on May 25 and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 31.

The alert was issued as six more sites were added to Victoria’s official exposure site list on Tuesday night, taking the total to 351, including three BP truck stops along the Hume Freeway at Glenrowan, Euroa and Wallan on May 24.

Sites of concern

Anyone who has visited the following locations over past two weeks is urged to get tested if they show any symptoms:

  • Craigieburn Central
  • Bay and Graham Streets, Port Melbourne
  • Clarendon St and South Melbourne Market, South Melbourne
  • Pacific Epping (aka Epping Plaza) and Epping North Shopping Centre
  • High St, Epping
  • Station St, Lalor
  • Broadway, Reservoir
  • Footscray Market
  • Dandenong Market
  • Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre and Stockland Point Cook

Another Melbourne primary school has been closed. North Melbourne Primary School, located near Royal Park in Melbourne’s inner north, has shut its doors to all students.

The Department of Education listed the primary school on its website under the section “closures, remote learning and relocations” on Tuesday night, along with dozens of early childhood services and before/after school programs.

Professor Sutton said the Indian variant of the virus was “an absolute beast” because “it has moved faster than any other strain we’ve dealt with”.

“We’re seeing transmission in settings and circumstances we’ve never seen before,” he said.

Late on Tuesday, West Australian health authorities revealed COVID-19 had spread within one of the state’s quarantine hotels.

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