Covid Victoria: State records another big spike in cases

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Victoria has recorded another alarming spike in Covid-19 cases as health authorities desperately try to get to grips with its Delta outbreak.

The Department of Health reported a further 55 locally acquired cases on Friday, which follows 57 on Thursday.

Of the latest cases, 30 were infectious in the community while six are unlinked and are mystery cases at this stage.

Daniel Andrews.
The continued emergence of mystery and infectious in the community cases will undoubtedly put Premier Daniel Andrews' lockdown extension end date of September 2 at risk. Source: Getty

The spike in cases is understood to be down to Day 13 testing of individuals isolating as close contacts.

However the continued emergence of cases in the community and those without a source is proving concerning for the state government.

Regional Victoria records new case

A case has also been detected in regional Victoria, with contact tracing underway in the northern town of Shepparton, Goulburn Valley Health confirmed.

Exposure sites related to the case will be released shortly.

The continued emergence of mystery and infectious in the community cases will undoubtedly put Premier Daniel Andrews' lockdown extension end date of September 2 at risk, with health authorities carefully watching as NSW's Covid crisis rapidly deteriorates.

Victoria's Covid testing chief Jeroen Weimar said 2000 close contacts were due to leave isolation on Thursday.

He said health authorities "still have more work to do" to determine where the virus has spread, noting the next 14 days of lockdown will be crucial.

"We're determined to get to the bottom of every case," he told ABC Radio on Thursday night.

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Vaccine hub listed as exposure site

A coronavirus vaccination hub in Melbourne's southeast has been declared an exposure site after a positive case visited to get their jab earlier this week.

The infected person, who did not have symptoms at the time, attended the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre on Monday before testing positive on Thursday.

The Peninsula Health-run site has been declared a tier-two exposure site from 11.30am to 12.45pm on Monday, though remains open for those with a vaccination booking.

There are more than 530 exposure sites in Victoria, with a Reject Shop at Moonee Ponds and Coles Broadmeadows added to the list late on Thursday evening.

Melbourne is just over two weeks into its sixth lockdown.

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