Victoria records three new local COVID cases

Victoria has recorded three new local cases of COVID-19, all connected to a Melbourne Thai restaurant cluster.

There are now 32 active cases in the state, 21 which are linked to the cluster.

More than 22,000 tests were carried out on Saturday with some centres across Melbourne forced to turn people away.


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Acting Premier Jacinta Allan says they are confident in how the current outbreak is being handled.

“Three cases, all linked to the existing known cluster, and the public health advice is that Victorians should take great comfort from the fact that these are linked cases, strong work has been done by our tracing team, talking to and interviewing the primary and secondary contacts of our cases,” Ms Allan said.

“We had a testing regime out in force yesterday and today, and again, Victorians are doing a great job following the rules, wearing masks, practising COVID-safe behaviour. This is all contributing to the low number of cases.

“That is a strong and positive sign about where Victoria is today in terms of managing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The number of exposure sites across Victoria linked to positive cases has now risen to 51.

There are currently 220 close contacts of cases and 359 casual contacts in quarantine.

Health officials are urgently trying to add capacity to testing centres across Melbourne with people turned away from clinics within 15 minutes of them opening on Sunday morning.

“I ask people to continue to persevere with us. We are continuing to add every single day the additional capacity we possibly can,” Victoria’s Commander of COVID-19 response Jeroen Weimar said.

“We are asking people to be patient, people are getting through the system, it is just taking longer.”

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