Victoria records one new locally acquired case of Covid-19

Victoria has recorded one new locally-acquired case of Covid-19 just a day after Melbourne emerged from a two week lockdown.

Victorian authorities say investigations are underway into the acquisition source and will provide more details later on Saturday.

On Friday, authorities confirmed there were no new local cases in the state and just one new case in hotel quarantine, which marked the first day without a local case of Covid-19 since May 24, when a family tested positive for the virus and ended the state’s 86-day streak without community transmission.

Acting premier James Merlino says on Friday that testing levels need to be higher.

“If you live in the Craigieburn area and did not get tested … please go out and get tested today,” he told reporters on Friday.

The latest outbreak spread through the local government area of Whittlesea, north of the city, and the seaside suburb of Port Melbourne, forcing Melbourne into a two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown, which ended on Friday.

Separately, a west Melbourne family were infected with the highly infectious Delta strain and that also became a cluster during lockdown.

Under the new restrictions for Melbourne, masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors and people must stay within 25km of their homes unless working or studying, caregiving or getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

A ban on home gatherings remains in effect, but up to 10 people can meet outdoors, students can return to schools, retail can reopen and hospitality venues can resume seated service.

Prof Sutton defended outdoor mask wearing rules at Friday’s press conference, saying it was a “really important intervention” to reduce transmission risk.

“The rose garden outside the White House is a classic example of a super spreader event that happened outdoors, so it is not to be dismissed as an opportunity for transmission,” he said.

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