Vic has seven new cases, five deaths

Victoria has had five coronavirus deaths, taking the national toll past 900.

The state has now had 816 deaths from the virus and the figure for Australia is 904.

New case numbers dropped to seven after six-straight days of double figures, but the Chadstone outbreak has spread to Shepparton.


Three cases are confirmed in the northern regional town and all of them are linked to the Chadstone outbreak.

There is also a positive case at Bairnsdale Secondary College.

Melbourne’s rolling case average dropped from 10 to 9.6 while the city’s mystery cases from September 28 to October 11 are 14, an increase of one from Tuesday.

Regional Victoria’s equivalent figures are 0.6, a slight rise, and zero.

The three Shepparton infections have prompted authorities to ask everyone in the area to be tested.

The Shepparton cases were announced late on Tuesday by the state’s Commander of Testing Jeroen Weimar and could signal the beginnings of a new cluster in the region.

“We have three active cases that are self-isolating at home and are being monitored by Goulburn Valley Health,” he said in a statement.

Contact tracing is underway.

“We expect as part of that effort, further cases will be discovered,” Mr Weimar warned.

From Wednesday, testing sites will open at GV Health’s Acute Respiratory Clinic in Shepparton and at the showgrounds, with more expected to be set up as the day progresses.

Health authorities are advising all Shepparton residents to get tested and stay at home until they get their results.

In a Facebook statement, Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp confirmed the three Shepparton cases are linked to the Chadstone outbreak.

Bairnsdale Secondary College also posted on its Facebook page, saying it had been advised of a reported case, but it does not have to close.

“DET (Department of Education) and DHHS has advised us that no action is required at this stage because the positive case did not come on to school grounds while they were contagious,” principal Trudie Nagle said.

Meanwhile, the state’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has defended Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions against comparisons with NSW, where measures are more lenient.

Victoria recorded 12 new cases on Tuesday morning, while NSW had 13 new infections, the majority locally acquired.

Asking why Victorians were subject to a strict lockdown unlike their northern neighbours, Professor Sutton said the circumstances were not the same.

“The differences are really profound,” he said.

“Through this second wave, the 20,000 cases that occurred across Victoria settled into the hardest cohorts and populations across the state.

“The number of close contacts per household and the number of close contacts they have are hugely different.”

An opposition no-confidence motion against Premier Daniel Andrews handling of the pandemic failed in parliament on Tuesday night.

The coronavirus omnibus bill passed the upper house early on Wednesday morning.

Mr Andrews has reiterated Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown will likely be revised as he unveils some rule relaxations on Sunday.

© AAP 2020