Victoria records 64 COVID cases as double-digit spike runs to 14 days

Victoria has recorded another 64 cases of coronavirus overnight, the 14th consecutive day of double-digit case growth in the state.

In a statement on Tuesday, Victorian health authorities said the new cases could be broken down into the following categories:

  • 13 new cases linked to known outbreaks;
  • 20 cases identified through routine testing;
  • 31 cases under investigation;
  • No new cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Health authorities have also added another 10 of the state’s previously recorded cases to the list of those where the source of transmission is unknown.

Government and health officials are yet to hold their daily press conference breaking down the new cases.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to speak later on Tuesday, with talks continuing about how to deal with the state’s surge in cases, including the prospect of local lockdowns for hotspot suburbs.

No decisions or announcements have been made yet.

Of the new cases linked to outbreaks, six are linked to the Stamford Plaza outbreak, taking the total to 29. All cases were close contacts tested while in quarantine.

Two new cases are linked to Albanvale Primary School, taking the total in that cluster to seven.

One case is linked to the at the Coles Chilled Distribution Centre in Laverton, taking the total to five.

Two staff at the StarTrack facility in Tullamarine have tested positive to coronavirus and both people worked while infectious. The site is being cleaned and contact tracing is underway.

Authorities have also revealed a new cluster of cases linked to the Hugo Boss shop in Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD.

The cases include a Hugo Boss staff member and a household contact, taking the total to three. The store has closed for a deep clean and contact tracing is under way.

Other cases include a second healthcare worker from Orygen Youth Health facility in Footscray, who was a close contact of the original case and has been in quarantine.

Two additional staff at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina have tested positive, as have two staff members at Camberwell Grammar School.

One student from St Bernard’s College in Essendon who attended school while infectious has also tested positive, as well as two students from Moreland Primary School in Coburg.

Positive cases have been identified at five childcare centres:

  • Guardian Childcare and Education in Pascoe Vale
  • The Grove Children’s Centre in Coburg
  • Little Steps Family Day Care in Sunshine
  • Clare Court Children’s Service in Yarraville
  • Kids on Queens Parade in Fitzroy North

-more to come

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