It’s believed the new cases are connected to cases in New South Wales, as the cluster on the northern beaches continues to grow.
Health officials confirmed three women, two in their 40s and one in her 70s, have tested positive for the virus and all are in isolation. They will be retested to ensure there are no false positives, though that is unlikely.
These cases are believed to be linked with cases from NSW, and epidemiologists think the women could have caught the virus from people travelling from Sydney to celebrate Christmas in Melbourne who did not know they were infectious.
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“We have been in this position before and we are deploying our full outbreak approach around these cases,” Victoria’s COVID-19 testing commander, Jeroen Weimar said in a press conference.
“Extensive contact tracing is underway and as a result, there are currently more than 40 primary close contacts that are being supported to isolate immediately.”
What’s more, people who were infected on Christmas Day could be at their most infections of New Year’s Eve, prompting some experts to call on the Andrews government to reintroduce some restrictions to nip any further spread in the bud.
“Now more than ever people should not let down their guard. Maintain physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene,” Mr Weimar continued.
“Stay at home if you’re unwell and most of all get tested if you have any symptoms at all.”
Anyone who visited the below sites should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:
Doveton: Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic church — 26/12/20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Fountain Gate Shopping Centre: Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lacoste — 26/12/20, 9:00am-11:00am
Glen Waverley: Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s — 28/12/20, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Oakleigh: Katialo restaurant, Eaton Mall — 28/12/20, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Mentone: Mentone/Parkdale Beach — 27/12/20, 10:00am-4:30pm
Meanwhile, NSW recorded 18 new local coronavirus cases, including three without links to the already known clusters in Sydney’s northern beaches.
This latest news is yet another solemn warning of just how stealthy this virus can be.