Melbourne hotspot threatens to undo Australia's progress against coronavirus

Melbourne hotspot threatens to undo Australia's progress against coronavirus

Of the new cases in Victoria, seven are linked to known outbreaks, five have been detected in hotel quarantine, five have been detected through routine testing, and 13 are under investigation.

Victoria state on Thursday reported 33 new cases, the highest daily number in more than two months.

"You have powers to say to someone, "Well, we won't let you out of quarantine until you've been tested and had a clear test".

'At the moment there is no requirement that they must undertake testing, ' she said.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced plans to carry out a "testing blitz" in 10 COVID-19 hotspot suburbs across Melbourne to bring the deadly virus under control.

Testing clinics will be set up on the Great Ocean Road and in the Victorian Alps to coincide with the holidays.

The chains slapped the buying restrictions on stores in Victoria earlier this week, but extended them after noting excessive demand spreading to other states.

"Defence has been providing support to Victoria since April and I'm pleased we're able to rapidly increase our assistance to help Victoria respond to its current COVID-19 circumstances", Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement.

A child receives a COVID19 test in Broadmeadows. Victoria State Government Health and Human Services knocked on doors to check if people had any coronavirus symptoms

"The reason that Australia is doing relatively well in terms of the virus is because of the testing regimes and we know how important they are", she said.

"We're prepared, we're responding and we're very, very comfortable with the way things are going".

A McDonald's worker has also been confirmed as having COVID-19 and is linked to an outbreak in Wollert, which stemmed from "various household parties and gatherings".

"That is about 100,000 tests", Mr Andrews said.

There are 183 active cases in Victoria with six in hospital.

"To get to the bottom of how much virus is out there, to take direct action with those families, with those people that have tested positive, to keep them in their homes, and to make sure that they're not spreading the virus to anybody else".

"So it missed a few cases and needs to be validated a bit further before you could use it on a very large scale", Professor Lewin says.

An "army" of about 1000 doorknockers and 800 testers are set to descend on Victoria's coronavirus hotspots, the initial two suburbs on the hit-listing now being Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows.

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