'Very large group': Fears over Coles workers after large cluster link

·Associate News Editor
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Victoria has recorded a further 30 coronavirus cases as its recent spike in the Melbourne area continues.

Just five were detected in hotel quarantine, Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen revealed on Friday morning, meaning again the majority of cases are locally acquired.

Thirteen of those cases are still under investigation.

Ms van Diemen confirmed two people testing positive worked at the Coles Laverton distribution centre. She said one of those cases was linked to the large Keilor Downs outbreak which now stands at 19 cases.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen announced 30 more cases on Friday. Source: ABC
Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen announced 30 more cases on Friday. Source: ABC

She said the state was “taking no chances” with two confirmed cases at the distribution centre due to the sheer amount of people employed at the centre.

“We are testing the entire cohort of workers, because it is a very large group of workers and we really don't want to take any chances with our essential food suppliers at this point in time,” she said.

Positive healthcare worker shuts down hospital

Ms van Diemen also revealed a healthcare worker at the Footscray Orygen Youth Health facility had tested positive to the virus.

It is believed the member of staff worked while infectious and the facility has now been shut down.

Patients and staff members deemed close contacts have been quarantined.

There has also been a case involving a McDonald’s worker at Mill Park in Melbourne’s north. It is linked to the Wollert outbreak, which was formerly known as the St Monica’s College outbreak.

The new cases follow a further 33 which were announced on Thursday, the largest number of cases in Victoria since April 7.

On Thursday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced an “unprecedented” 10-day testing blitz targeting 10 suburbs deemed coronavirus hotspots.

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