Victoria to start testing blitz in suburbs

VIRUS SURGE PROMPTS MELBOURNE SUBURBAN TESTING BLITZ

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

* A targeted testing blitz will aim to collect samples from 50 per cent of residents in the Melbourne suburbs of Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham

* The first three days of testing will focus on Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows, with the rest of the suburbs included over a 10-day period

* The aim is to test 10,000 residents per day, using 800 crew in vans

* More than 1000 defence force personnel are coming to Victoria to help out, while NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland will also help process virus tests

* Victoria has currently been processing 18,000 tests a day, but now 25,000 tests a day will be processed with the help of those states

* Community engagement in the local government areas of Brimbank, Casey, Cardinia, Darebin, Hume and Moreland has ramped up after they were identified as coronavirus hotspots

WHY?

* Victoria recorded 33 new coronavirus cases on Thursday - the highest daily figure since the current surge started

* The daily number of new Victorian cases has been in double digits since June 17

* Victoria's active cases jumped from 58 to 143 in the period June 17-24, while the rest of the country only had a combined increase of 20

VICTORIA'S LATEST OUTBREAK CASES

* Up to nine of Victoria's 33 new cases are linked to known outbreaks, while seven are returned travellers, six were identified after routine testing and 11 remain under investigation.

* One new case linked to Stamford Plaza Hotel outbreak of 16 cases.

* Two new cases linked to a Brimbank family outbreak of five cases.

* Two new cases from a social gathering outbreak of five cases in Wallace.

* Two new cases linked to a North Melbourne family outbreak with 10 people infected.

* The North Melbourne family outbreak was previously described as an H&M outbreak in Northland.

* Two new cases at a Keilor Downs family outbreak that bring the total there to 19.

* Two cases from the Keilor Downs family are associated with positive tests from workers at Coles' distribution centre.