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No new coronavirus cases in Victoria, but concerns about restaurant patrons

Jeroen Weimar, Commander of Victoria’s COVID-19 response, said the latest case was a wake-up call for Victorians to abide by the “very few basic” coronavirus restrictions left.

He said it was a wake-up call for Victorians to abide by the “very few basic” coronavirus restrictions left.

“Wear a mask on public transport, and in taxis and when you can’t isolate [and] use the QR system wherever you go. It’s pretty simple, and that’s what we need to retain all these privileges that we have.”

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The government is now relying on people who attended exposure sites over the past four days and did not sign-in to come forward for testing, while hundreds are already awaiting results.

Health Minister Martin Foley said on Tuesday the man’s three household contacts had already tested negative, but would isolate for 14 days regardless and be tested again.

The health department has increased testing capacity at 20 sites.

There are four “tier one” exposure sites, including the TIC group office in Altona North (where the man worked), a Woolworths supermarket and the India Gates Spices and Groceries in Epping and the Curry Vault Indian Restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD. The sites were being deep cleaned on Tuesday evening.

Late on Tuesday night, the Health Department added two Metro train services to “tier two” exposure sites.

Anyone who caught the Craigieburn to Southern Cross service departing 5.28pm and arriving at 6.07pm on Friday, or the Flinders Street to Craigieburn service departing 10.20pm and arriving 11.05pm is advised to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Anyone who caught the Craigieburn to Southern Cross service departing 5.28pm and arriving at 6.07pm on Friday, or the Flinders Street to Craigieburn service departing 10.20pm and arriving 11.05pm is advised to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Other “tier two” sites include the TIC back warehouse in Altona North, the 7-Eleven on the corner of High and Cooper streets in Epping (between 6.30pm and 7pm on Thursday and between 11.10am and 11.40am on Saturday).

The man in his 30s tested positive for coronavirus a week after he had returned to his home in Wollert in Melbourne’s north from Adelaide, where he had been quarantining in a CBD hotel after departing India via the Maldives and Singapore.

Genomic testing is still underway to confirm the source of his infection, but chief health officers on both side of the border suspect he caught it while staying at the South Australia quarantine facility.

You can find your nearest COVID-19 testing site here.

  • With Aisha Dow
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