Four new COVID cases recorded in Victoria, 15,000 close contacts identified

UPDATE @ 11.00am | The latest COVID-19 cluster in Victoria has grown to 30 cases after four more positive cases were identified on day one of the state’s seven-day lockdown.

Victorian health officials confirmed on Friday there are now 15,000 people who have now been identified as primary and secondary close contacts who have been asked to isolate and get tested.

There are five locations that have been identified as areas of particular concern due to the large number of people who would have been there at the same time.


They are the Sporting Globe in Mordialloc, The Three Monkeys and The Sunweb in Prahan. The Local, Port Melbourne and The Palace Hotel in Melbourne.

Given there were a record 47,462 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, the lower number of positive infections is positive but Acting Premier James Merlino said there was still a long way to go.

“We are very, very early in this. We have to do is see how the days ahead play out,” he said.

“Community transmission is still expected to occur. We just need everyone who has been contacted to absolutely abide by the quarantine regulations that will be in force.”

The missing link between the first case, which originated in a South Australia quarantine hotel, and this cluster has still not been found.

The Acting Premier thanked Victorians for abiding by the circuit breaker lockdown.

“I know this has had and is having a significant impact on people’s lives but it is all dedicated for our state to get through this outbreak and for our public health team to get ahead of this outbreak,” Mr Merlino said.

Mr Merlino also confirmed he has contacted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to formally request more ADF support.

“The request will be for around 160 ADF staff for at least the next fortnight to assist our authorised offices in doorknocking positive cases and primary close contacts,” he said.

“If we have those additional ADF staff pairing up with authorised officers we are effectively doubling our capacity to do that really important work over the next few weeks.”

Over 17,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were also administered on Thursday, pushing the state’s vaccine total to over 1 million.

EARLIER @ 9.00am | VICTORIA has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 as the state wakes up to its first full day of a seven-day lockdown.

Victorian authorities are yet to provide full details about whether the new cases are close contacts of previous cases.

A whopping 47,462 tests were conducted across the state in the last 24 hours.

Two other cases were also detected in hotel quarantine, taking the total number of active cases to 39.

Health officials are expected to provide more details at a press conference later this morning.