Victoria’s Covid-19 exposure sites have ballooned to almost 300 as the state faces a critical 24 hours in the fight to stop the latest outbreak.
Victorians have been plunged into a fifth lockdown after the virus jumped the border from Sydney, which is now looking likely to be extended beyond the planned five-day snap closure.
Dozens of new venues have been listed as exposures sites overnight, including several bars and restaurants in Melbourne’s inner north, South Melbourne Market stores and a CBD McDonalds.
Several train services have also been added, along with a number of venues in Mildura, which recorded its first positive Covid case in 15 months on Sunday.
“Mildura has recorded its first positive case in 15 months, and I have no doubt that will be of great concern to the community,” chief health officer Brett Sutton said.
I ask that everyone pay attention to health alerts when they come and follow the advice.
“The strongest responses to outbreaks are led by the community, and we’re proud to working in partnership with the Loddon Mallee Public Health Unit.”
The number of exposure sites in Victoria has risen to 278 on Monday morning, up from about 220 on Sunday.
The following venues have been listed as tier 1 exposure sites, meaning contacts need to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days regardless of the result:
Abbotsford: V Wine Salon, 323 Victoria St, Abbotsford, July 15 from 8.57pm to 11.45pm;
Richmond: Fitness First, Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, 620 Victoria St, Richmond, July 15 from 5.39am to 7.15am;
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South Melbourne: Spin South Melbourne, South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, July 11 from 9.30am to midday;
South Melbourne: Create tBt Toys and Games, South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, July 11 from 9.30am to midday;
Docklands: The Butcher Club, 88 Waterfront Way, Docklands, July 15 from 12.26pm to 1.06pm;
South Melbourne: The SuperCool, South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, from July 11 to 9.30am to midday.
The following venues have been listed as tier 2 exposure sites, meaning contacts need to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result:
Fitzroy: Amarillo Restaurant, 149 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, July 15 from 6.15pm to 7.02pm;
Melbourne: McDonald’s Spencer St, Shop G2/620 Collins St, Melbourne, July 15 from 7.31am to 8.06am;
Docklands: Ichimaki, 1b/700 Bourke St, Docklands, July 14 from 1.10pm to 1.25pm;
Docklands: Story Coffee and Foodstore, 700 Bourke St, Docklands, July 14 from 7.50am to 8.30am;
Doncaster East: Shell Petrol Station Doncaster East, 484-490 Blackburn Rd, corner Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East, July 16 from 9.04am to 9.38am;
Heidelberg: Bean There Espresso Bar, 89 Mount St, Heidelberg, July 14 from 7am to 7.35am;
Victorians have been urged to check the health department website for the full list of exposure sites across the state.