Coronavirus cases surge by 75 in Australia's hot spot state Victoria

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

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

At the height of the first wave, Victoria reached 111 new cases in a day, but a much smaller proportion contracted the disease locally.

"It will get worse before it gets better", he told reporters.

Victoria reported 75 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the fourth-highest daily total since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

A week ago, Victoria was generally recording case numbers in the teens.

Two women walking holding takeaway drinks and wearing face masks

Mikakos broke down the new cases as follows: one in hotel quarantine, 14 linked to outbreaks, 37 detected through routine testing, and 23 now being investigated to determine their origin.

Only one case is a traveller in hotel quarantine, 14 are linked to known outbreaks and 37 were picked up through a testing blitz of ten "hotspot" Melbourne suburbs.

Twenty-three of the new cases are still being investigating while six are said to be from unknown community transmission.

The Stamford Plaza hotel cluster gained three cases, and the Wollert cluster grew by one.

On Sunday, another 49 cases of coronavirus were announced, taking the state's total number of cases to more than 2,000.

"There is now a link that has been established between the North Melbourne family outbreak and the Brimbank family outbreak", Mikakos said.

Professor Sutton said it was hard to explain why it was happening in Victoria now when the state was in lockdown longer than other states.

"What we're seeing in Victoria is exactly what was planned when we have outbreaks occurring across the country", Kidd said. Some of this will be the testing blitz but it's clearly loose in the community.

"We don't want to drive people out of suburban areas into new unaffected areas".

"It's a real challenge for people in their homes if that's what's required, but it's absolutely an option. and we'll use it if it's required".

The schools are Queen of Peace Parish Primary School in Altona Meadows, Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn, Fitzroy High School and Port Phillip Specialist School and St Bernard's College in Essendon.

A childcare centre in Abbotsford also has a case.

"We have a healthcare worker that's tested positive at the Melbourne clinic in Richmond and close contacts among both patients and staff will be identified and contacted and the facility will be cleaned", Mikakos said.

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