Victoria sees biggest coronavirus spike in more than a month – as a childcare centre is forced to close after a worker was diagnosed with COVID-19
- Victoria has recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s tally to 1762
- Of the new cases, 15 are returned travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine
- Two are linked to known cases and the other four were detected through testing
- A Gladstone Park childcare centre has closed after a worker was diagnosed
- It is the fourth Victorian school to close this week after students tested positive
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
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Victoria has recorded 21 new cases of coronavirus, the biggest increase in more than a month.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Wednesday that the state’s infection tally had increased to 1762.
Of the 21 new cases, 15 are returned travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine.
Ms Mikakos said two of the remaining six new cases have been linked to known outbreaks while the others were detected through routine testing.
Victoria has recorded 21 new cases of coronavirus, the state’s biggest increase in more than a month. A medical worker is pictured taking a sample at a COVID-19 pop-up testing clinic at the Keilor Community Hub in Melbourne’s northwest
A staff worker from Stamford Plaza Hotel, which houses returned travellers, became infected with COVID-19.
Another positive test from a resident at aged care centre Rosstown Community in Carnegie has put the centre into lockdown.
The 53-bed facility run by Glen Eira council will have to undergo deep cleaning and contact tracing
Meanwhile, a childcare worker has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the closure of the Melbourne centre.
A health department spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed a staff member from Inspira Early Learning Centre in Gladstone Park had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The worker attended the centre while infectious for two days last week and families have been notified, while the centre has been closed for cleaning and contact tracing.
‘Close contacts of the staff will be notified by DHHS over the next 24 hours and supported to ensure they understand what actions to take,’ the centre said in a statement.
‘Staff and children are required to remain at home while contact tracing occurs.’
The early learning centre is expected to reopen on Monday June 29.
The new confirmed case follows the closure of a third Victorian school this week, after a child tested positive to coronavirus.
The surge in cases come as Victoria has begun relaxing its COVID-19 restrictions. Two women are pictured walking along Melbourne’s Swanson street as retail stores reopened their doors on May 28
The student at Strathmore Primary School was one of nine new COVID-19 cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday.
The primary school was expected to remain closed for 24 hours on Tuesday while it was deep cleaned and close contacts were traced.
Pakenham Springs Primary School and St Dominic’s Primary School in Broadmeadows were closed on Monday after two students at each school tested positive.
The four students are part of an extended family cluster that increased by one more case on Tuesday.
A total of 12 people in the family have now contracted coronavirus after attending gatherings across homes in Broadmeadows, Coburg and Pakenham.
It comes as Victoria, Australia’s most heavily locked down state, relaxed restrictions from June 1 allowing gatherings up to 20 people, including holidays and parties.
The latest easing stage saw the reopening of community facilities and businesses, such as libraries, community centres, markets, beauty parlours, tattoo studios, cafes and restaurants, with strict 1.5metre distancing regulations in place.
Playgrounds, skateparks, outdoor gym equipment, museums, drive-in cinemas, zoos and theme parks were also permitted to reopen.
Nationwide, there has been 7347 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 102 deaths. Of the total, 6856 cases have recovered.