Coronavirus Victoria: Cases rise slightly as Melbourne reopens

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·1-min read

Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases have risen slightly a day after Melbourne emerged from its stringent lockdown.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced three cases on Thursday, up from two on Wednesday.

There were two consecutive days of zero cases on Monday and Tuesday – the first time such a trend had occurred since March 6.

Worryingly, mystery cases in Melbourne have risen to four however the 14-day rolling average has fallen to 2.4.

People dining out in Melbourne after lockdown was lifted. Source: Getty
Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. Source: Getty

On Wednesday, Melbourne’s streets were busy with hospitality patrons taking advantage of the city’s first full night of eased restrictions for venues.

The state’s contact tracing regime will once again fall under the spotlight as the state seeks to remain open after lockdown.

Medical experts have raised concerns over the state's contact tracing system for months, with opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier saying it was responsible for widespread community transmission during the second wave.

However Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the state now has the best contact tracing system in the country, noting it had been forged in the second wave.

"We've had to step up with really significant requirements," he told reporters.

"I think this set-up we've got now could do things at scale if required."

with AAP

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