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Of the 21 cases in regional Victoria, one case in Ballarat, a known primary close contact that has been isolating for their entire infectious period.
We have eight cases in Mitchell shire. Six are linked to known cases in three different households and their isolation protocols are strong. We also have a truck driver based in Mitchell shire who was picked up in the routine surveillance testing we introduced a number of months ago which highlights the importance of that routine, testing and picking up the important cases.
Victorian testing commander Jeroen Weimar is up now, breaking down today’s record case numbers:
In the northern suburbs, we have 468 cases, that is over 60% of today’s cases. Particularly call out the local government area of Hume where we have 264 cases in yesterday’s numbers. That is a 60% increase in the last four days.
We are doing a lot of work with the community in Hume to see what we can do to support them and reduce the rate of transmission. The suburbs of concern include Craigieburn, Roxborough Park and Meadow Heights.