Victoria records biggest spike in COVID-19 in three months

Victoria has recorded another massive spike in coronavirus cases, with a further 75 people diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

It’s the state’s biggest single-day increase since the end of March with 288 cases currently active.

Of the new cases recorded, one was from hotel quarantine, 14 are linked to known outbreaks, 37 were detected through routine testing and 23 are still under investigation.


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At least six have been confirmed as being from community transmission.

Four previous cases have been reclassified as being negative.

“Obviously we are concerned by the increasing number and the upward trend and we are monitoring the situation very closely,” Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Three cases have been linked to schools while another has been linked to a childcare centre.

Officials have now carried out more than 53,000 tests since announcing a major blitz across 10 hotspot suburbs.

Ms Mikakos confirmed the majority of the new cases have been concentrated in those suburbs.

“We’ve got many cases across the inner northern suburbs and the western suburbs of Melbourne, but not exclusively and it’s important to reiterate to the community that you are not immune from catching coronavirus by virtue of the postcode that you live in, that the risk is throughout the state of Victoria and we want people to remain vigilant about this pandemic.”

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