Victoria starts massive testing blitz after 33 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria has recorded another disturbing increase in coronavirus cases, with 33 positive tests recorded in the last 24 hours.

That’s the highest single-day increase in the state since April 7.

Seven of the new cases involve returned travellers who are currently in hotel quarantine while nine are linked to known cases.


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Six cases came from routine testing while another 11 are still under investigation.

It comes as Victoria announces a major testing blitz, with health teams going door-to-door in the worst affected suburbs to conduct tests.

“We have ambulances and other vans that will literally be at the end of people’s street, so, they will be invited to come and get a test, and they’ll only have to travel 50 metres or 100 metres in order to complete that test,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“If we can find all the positives in those suburbs, then they can be home quarantined, they can be given the support that they need, and we can, despite the fact that numbers would likely go up as a result of that very focused, very targeted testing, we’ll then be in a position to be confident that we have, in fact, contained it.”

The suburbs being targeted for mass testing include Keilor Downs, Maidstone, Auburn Vale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Broadmeadows, Brunswick West, Faulkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.

Mr Andrews says the aim is to test 50 per cent of people in those suburbs in the next three days.

The number of testing sites across the state will also be increased to 135.

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