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Victoria records huge spike with 450 cases

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Victoria has reported 450 new cases of COVID-19, which is the highest number of daily cases in the latest outbreak.

The figures released on Saturday captured statistics for the 24 hours up to midnight.

Of the 450 infections, 75 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks.

More than 42,760 COVID tests were taken during the reporting period, as Melbourne remains in lockdown.


Most of regional Victoria except Greater Shepparton emerged from lockdown on Friday, with retail and hospitality allowed to reopen under strict rules.

Shepparton is expected to be released from its lockdown next week, while people in Melbourne are waiting for the state government to announce its plans to ease restrictions.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the government is waiting for detailed modelling from the Burnett Institute before making an announcement.

As the town of Daylesford was released from lockdown, a cafe and medical clinic in the centre, about 100km northwest of Melbourne, have been forced to close their doors after people infected with COVID-19 visited the venues.

Cliffy’s Emporium on Raglan Street said a staff member, who worked on Tuesday, had tested positive for the virus on Friday.

“We are working closely with DHS. However, as a precaution will be closed from tomorrow to allow our team to get tested,” the cafe said on Facebook.

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Springs Medical Clinic on Hospital Street closed for deep cleaning on Friday after a COVID-positive case visited on Wednesday, between 3:15pm and 4:30pm, with contact tracing underway.

Meanwhile two keen AFL fans have been sent back to Victoria from Western Australia, where they tried to gain entry to watch the season finals.

The 46-year-old woman and 67-year-old man were the subject of a police warning on Friday.

“Travel to attend the AFL Finals series as a spectator is not considered a category for approval to enter WA from restricted locations,” police said.

Five new cases in Qld but no lockdown

Queensland has recorded five new local COVID-19 cases but will avoid locking down for now, says the state’s premier.

The cases are all part of the same family across two households, including a 13-year-old schoolgirl and a university employee.

“There is no lockdown today but in the next 24 to 48 hours we’ll be closely monitoring the situation and if we start seeing any seeding, then we may have to take very quick, fast action,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Authorities believe the family may have been infected by a visitor from NSW.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young thanked the Sunnybank schoolgirl’s mother for taking her to get tested when she complained of a headache.

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Her relative, a worker at Griffith University, also tested positive on Friday.

The university’s vice chancellor, Carolyn Evans, emailed staff on Friday telling them a staff member had also tested positive.

The girl’s school, St Thomas More College at Sunnybank, was abruptly closed on Friday.

All households with a student at the school are now in home quarantine.

The cases come after a NSW truck driver tested positive after he was infectious in the community at nearby Mount Gravatt and Archerfield on Sunday and Monday.

The truckie visited Westfield Garden City shopping centre.

Other close contact exposure sites include a 7-Eleven in Brisbane East, a BP petrol station in Salisbury and an Acacia Ridge cafe.

Visits to south east Queensland prisons are now suspended over concerns about the virus.

From Saturday, only essential workers who’ve been medically screened and are wearing masks will be allowed in to prisons from Maryborough south to the border and west to Gatton, Queensland Corrective Services said.

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