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Victoria records 26 new local cases as Prahran Market closed for cleaning

Victoria has recorded 26 new local cases of COVID-19 as a large market in Melbourne’s inner southeast declares the entire venue is a tier-1 site.

Victoria has recorded 26 new local cases of COVID-19 as a large market in Melbourne’s inner south east declared their entire venue a tier-1 site after a positive case visited during a trading day last week.

All of Thursday’s community cases are linked to the current outbreaks, and 24 of the 26 cases were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the two cases out in public while infectious had limited exposure. One person only stopped at a regional petrol station, he said, while the other case was in the community for one day, visiting the Prahran Market last Saturday.

Prahran Market is has been listed as a tier-1 site, undergoing a deep clean after the case visited on July 17 between 9.40am and 11.15am.

The shopper went a number of market traders including Pete and Rosie’s Deli, Q le Baker, Prahran Seafoods, John Cester’s Poultry and Game, Gary’s Quality Meats, Reliable Fruit and Veg and Market Lane Coffee, a statement from the market said.

More than 900 people checked in to the various stalls, Mr Foley said. “If you were there during these times, you must immediately isolate, you must get tested, and you have to quarantine for 14 days following exposure,” he said.

There are now 19,000 people in Victoria isolating as primary close contacts throughout the state.

Prahran Market is closed for a deep clean after a positive COVID-19 case attended the market on Saturday July 17.

Prahran Market is closed for a deep clean after a positive COVID-19 case attended the market on Saturday July 17.Credit:Jason South

There are 146 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria. Two new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine. Health authorities received 43,674 tests on Wednesday and delivered 14,230 jabs.

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