Victoria records 9 new local COVID-19 cases

Victoria’s COVID-19 cluster continues to grow, with the state recording another nine new locally acquired cases.

The Department of Health announced 11 new cases on Monday. Two of those cases were made public by officials on Sunday.

Both of those cases were linked to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility in the city’s northwest.


One is a 79-year-old resident who lives close to two other residents who have previously tested positive.

The other case is a registered nurse who worked at the nursing home on Saturday.

Victorian officials have confirmed the other nine cases are linked to existing outbreaks. Eight are existing primary close contacts who were quarantining during their infectious period.

More details will be provided at a press conference later today.

Victorians are nervously waiting to hear whether the lockdown will be extended again.

The state’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng was confident restrictions would be able to ease on Friday but it’s unclear what effect the new cases may have.