Victoria reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

Henrietta Brewer
June 29, 2020

There are now calls for the closing of Victoria's border with New South Wales.

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Victoria is experiencing a "concerning" upward trend in coronavirus, with 75 new cases identified overnight.

"Many of the cases that have come through today are overwhelmingly concentrated in those priority suburbs", state Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

There's further bad news for Victoria: recording the biggest daily number of COVID-19 infections since the end of March.

One of these cases is a returned traveller quarantining in a hotel, while 37 are from routine testing at clinics, 14 have been linked to established outbreaks, and the remaining 23 cases are under investigation.

The increase brings the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 2,099.

An Ambulance Victoria paramedic has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"I expect there'll be at least as many positive cases as we've had over the last 24 hours".

He said the state was "right on the edge" of being able to manage the peak in cases, which accelerated after restrictions were eased.

"We know what the consequences are of a lockdown in terms of fatigue in people's behaviours and we don't want to drive people out of suburban areas into new unaffected areas", he said.

"It is of a serious concern, but it is not surprising given the nature out the outbreak".

"We have seven states and territories at the moment in Australia, where there is either no or virtually no community transmission ... and what that means is resources that are available in other states can also be deployed to assist", the prime minister said.

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