Vic virus mystery case sparks test blitz

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VICTORIA'S FIRST CORONAVIRUS MYSTERY CASE SINCE NOVEMBER:

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

* While there was only one new case on Wednesday, it's a major issue for Victorian health authorities

* A man in his 30s started showing symptoms on December 30 and the Department of Health and Human Services was informed of his positive test on January 5

* He is a mystery case, with no known link to the current Black Rock cluster or any other infection

* It is Victoria's first mystery case since early November

WHAT'S NEXT?

* Testing boss Jeroen Weimar says authorities now have a "needle in a haystack" exercise to identify how the man became infected

* Genomic testing results of the man's infection are expected on Thursday afternoon

* Meanwhile, contact tracing is underway of the man's immediate family and friends

MCG AND CHADSTONE

* The man attended the Chadstone Boxing Day sales from 6am to 2pm

* He also was in Zone 5 at the MCG's Great Southern Stand for day two of the Boxing Day Test from 12.30-3.30. They are being treated as potential acquisition sites

* Authorities are tracking which stores the man visited at Chadstone on one of its busiest shopping days

* The man is understood not to have been infectious when he visited Chadstone and the MCG

* Anyone who was at the Chadstone and the MCG at those times, particularly if they were feeling unwell at the time or had visited NSW previously, are urged to go for testing

* Authorities are bracing for another surge of tests, with the Black Rock cluster causing long delays over the past few days at testing sites