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Urgent virus alerts about shopping centre, beach in Melbourne

Thousands of Melburnians are being told to isolate after a busy shopping centre and a popular beach were among the list of places visited by Victoria’s first local coronavirus cases in 61 days.Two women in their 40s and a woman in her 70s were confirmed as positive infections on Wednesday putting an end to the…

Thousands of Melburnians are being told to isolate after a busy shopping centre and a popular beach were among the list of places visited by Victoria’s first local coronavirus cases in 61 days.

Two women in their 40s and a woman in her 70s were confirmed as positive infections on Wednesday putting an end to the state’s virus-free streak.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services worked through the night to carry out contact tracing and has put out urgent alerts for multiple venues and locations visited by the positive cases.

Anyone who has visited these locations must get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant, Black Rock — December 21
  • Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic Church, Doveton – December 26, 4pm-6pm
  • Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts and Lacoste at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre – December 26, 9-11am
  • Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s, Glen Waverley – December 28, 1.30-5pm
  • Katialo restaurant, Eaton Mall in Oakleigh – December 28, 7-8.15pm
  • Mentone/Parkdale Beach in Mentone – December 27, 10am-4.30pm

Victoria’s Commander of COVID-19 response Jeroen Weimar said the active cases were a “concern” but they were doing everything they could to limit the spread.

“We have three cases that are self-isolating at home and are being supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services,” he said.

“We have been in this position before and we are deploying our full outbreak approach around these cases. Extensive contact tracing is underway and as a result there are currently more than 40 primary close contacts that are being supported to isolate immediately.”

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