The number of people with COVID-19 in Victoria has continued to rise, with 30 new cases confirmed overnight, a double-digit increase in the number of new cases for the tenth consecutive day.
Seven new cases were linked to known outbreaks and five were identified in hotel quarantine.
Five cases were detected through routine testing and another 13 are under investigation, meaning health authorities are still tracing the source.
Two people in Friday’s numbers have been linked to a Coles supermarket distribution centre in Laverton and the close contacts of the workers are self-isolating.
“One of those cases is very clearly linked to a large outbreak, that Keilor Downs outbreak, so we do have a very clear source of acquisition for that,” Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen said.
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The number of cases in the cluster in Keilor Downs, in Melbourne’s west, has grown to 19, including the Coles worker.
A healthcare worker with Orygen Youth Mental Health in Footscray is in quarantine after working whilst possibly infectious and testing positive to the virus.
The facility is in lockdown and Dr van Diemen said they were working closely with Melbourne Health, which runs the mental health group.
A number of staff members and patients are in quarantine, she said.
Victoria now has 1,947 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 183 active cases and six people in hospital, including one in intensive care.
A worker at a McDonald’s restaurant at Mill Park, in Melbourne’s north, has also tested positive.
The infection is linked to another outbreak now being called the Wollert cluster after the suburb in Melbourne’s north which is connected to cases at St Monica’s College in the neighbouring suburb of Epping.
More to come.