Melbourne COVID locations revealed
A shopping centre's Boxing Day sales, a beach and a church are among the growing high-risk locations that have been identified in Melbourne after the first community cases of coronavirus were detected after 61 days.
Victorian health officials confirmed overnight that two women in their 40s and one woman in her 70s have tested positive to the virus, in the suburbs of Mitcham, Hallam and Mentone. All three are in isolation.
Authorities are now scrambling to contain the outbreak after the devastating second wave that forced Melbourne into a painful and prolonged lockdown.
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Anyone who has visited any of these locations must get tested and isolate for 14 days until they get a negative result:
Doveton: Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic church — 26/12/20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Fountain Gate Shopping Centre: Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lacoste — 26/12/20, 9:00am-11:00am
Glen Waverley: Century City Walk and Mocha Jo's — 28/12/20, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Oakleigh: Katialo restaurant, Eaton Mall — 28/12/20, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Mentone: Mentone/Parkdale Beach — 27/12/20, 10:00am-4:30pm
An ongoing list of exposure sites will be updated live on Victoria's Department of Health & Human Services websitehere.
Extensive contact tracing is currently underway to more than 40 primary close contacts of the three women, Victoria's Commander of COVID-19 response Jeroen Weimar said last night.
Mr Weimar said Victoria was deploying its full outbreak plan.
"We have three cases that are self-isolating at home and are being supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services," Mr Weimar said.
"We have been in this position before and we are deploying our full outbreak approach around these cases.
"Extensive contact tracing is underway and as a result there are currently more than 40 primary close contacts that are being supported to isolate immediately."
Mr Weimar thanked the three women who had tested positive, saying discovering the cases was only possible because they had been tested.
"We are so thankful that these people did the right thing and got tested. We always knew this virus had us in a precarious position and we need to make sure we do everything we can to stamp out any further transmissions," Mr Weimar said.
"Now more than ever people should not let down their guard. Maintain physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene. Stay at home if you're unwell and most of all get tested if you have any symptoms at all."