Covid Victoria: Nine new local cases announced

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Victoria has announced an additional nine locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

The Department of Health confirmed 13 cases for the previous 24-hour reporting period. Twelve of those are linked to previous cases, with one a mystery case under investigation.

Four of the cases were confirmed to the media on Monday.

Two of the four reported cases are linked to an outbreak at the restaurant Ms Frankie in Cremorne, while two are household contacts of a person who contracted the virus at the Geelong-Carlton game at the MCG on July 10.

All four were isolating throughout their infectious period.

Melburnians are currently in their fifth lockdown. Source: Getty
Melburnians are currently in their fifth lockdown. Source: Getty

The daily total has either stayed the same or dropped over three consecutive days after an alarming 19 cases on Saturday, a promising result considering the infectiousness of the Delta variant and the alarming surge in infections NSW has experienced.

There are now 96 active cases in the state.

Lockdown to be extended

The state's lockdown was due to end at 11.59pm Tuesday however Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday it would be extended.

More details on how long it will last are expected to be announced at a press conference later today. 

Mr Andrews acknowledged it was "frustrating" for Victorians who wanted a timeframe. 

"We are running alongside this virus but we are not yet out in front of it," the premier told reporters on Monday.

Mr Andrews flagged he would have "more to say" about possibly expanding the $201.8 million business support package as the state's fifth lockdown drags on.

There are now 15,800 close contacts and more than 300 exposure sites, including sites on Phillip Island in the south of the state to Mildura in the northwest.

Queensland case travelled from Victoria

Queensland also reported one new locally acquired coronavirus case on Tuesday after a woman travelled from Victoria.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young told reporters the new case was not linked to other clusters in Queensland and emerged after a woman in her 20s, who is studying in Victoria, returned to the state. 

She travelled from Melbourne to Maroochydore on July 13 and received a message from Victorian health authorities on July 15 as she attended the Young and Jackson pub on July 10 when a positive case was detected. 

After being tested immediately she returned a negative result and was active in the community before she returned a positive result on Monday night after a second test. 

with AAP

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