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Victoria records 73 new coronavirus cases

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Victoria has recorded 73 new cases of coronavirus overnight, marking the embattled state’s 15th day of double digit figures. Premier Daniel Andrews said of those, three were from hotel quarantine, nine were associated with known and contained outbreaks, 19 identified a result of routine testing and 42 remained under investigation by the state’s public health…

Victoria has recorded 73 new cases of coronavirus overnight, marking the embattled state’s 15th day of double digit figures.

Premier Daniel Andrews said of those, three were from hotel quarantine, nine were associated with known and contained outbreaks, 19 identified a result of routine testing and 42 remained under investigation by the state’s public health team.

Nearly 21,000 tests were conducted on Tuesday, in a move Mr Andrews called a “powerful contribution to our fight against this virus”.

Victorians living in the 36 virus hot spots have been given stay at home orders, which will be enforced from 11.59pm on Wednesday.

Those residents were also today banned from entering NSW, and face fines of up to $11,000 or a six-month jail term if they attempt to circumvent the ban.

The Premier said it was important for all Victorians to continue to be vigilant in the way they touched things, coughed and spaced out from others as the state battles to regain control of the case numbers.

“These are simple things but they make a massive difference to the fight against this virus,” he said.

“They make a massive difference to us putting out this public health bushfire.”

The hot spot suburbs will continue to be widely tested, with 12 new sites opening across the affected areas.

Residents will now be able to be tested on their street, at their door and at additional drive through and pop-up clinics.

International flights have been diverted from the city, and a judicial inquiry will be held into the state’s management of hotel quarantine, with a number of cases from late May and early June linked to breaches of infection control.

There are currently 2231 active coronavirus cases in the state.

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