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Covid-19 cases rise

Covid-19 cases rise

Four active cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Wimmera has risen overnight to four, with Horsham now with three and Northern Grampians, one.

All other Wimmera municipalities officially remain free of active cases.

Latest Department of Health and Human Services figures show the state recorded 317 new cases overnight.

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Victoria has recorded 317 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 4750.

The overall total has increased by 302, after 15 cases were reclassified – largely due to duplication.

Within Victoria, 28 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks and 289 are under investigation.

Two new deaths have been reported since yesterday – both men in their 80s who died in hospital. To date, 29 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 902 cases may indicate community transmission
  • 2128 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 109 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 29 in intensive care
  • 2591 people have recovered from the virus
  • Of the total cases, 4310 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 311 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 2499 men and 2233 women
  • Almost 1,226,000 tests have been processed
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 388, active cases: 150 (of which the vast majority were acquired in the community)

Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:

  • 250 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington. Investigations are continuing into how these cases are linked.
  • 41 cases are residents of various public housing towers in Carlton. Investigations are continuing into if and/or how these cases are linked.

Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:

  • 157 cases have been linked to Al-Taqwa College
  • 37 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
  • 31 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care facility in Essendon
  • 29 cases have been linked to JBS abattoir in Brooklyn
  • 23 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care facility in Werribee
  • 21 cases have been linked to Estia Health aged care facility in Ardeer
  • 19 cases have been linked to the Northern Hospital
  • 16 cases have been linked to the Alfred Hospital
  • 16 cases have been linked to Brunswick Private Hospital
  • 15 cases have been linked to LaManna Supermarket Essendon
  • 6 cases have been linked to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in Melbourne
  • 5 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner

Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

“These restrictions have become necessary because of the sharp increase in cases,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

“If you live in these areas, there are only four reasons to leave your home: shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; and work and study - if you can’t do it from home.

“These are tough measures, but this virus is not selective - it will impact anyone it encounters, and personal contact is the clear source of its transmission. We need everyone to do their part and ensure it is stopped in its tracks.”

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