Coronavirus: Melbourne schools undergo deep cleaning as new COVID cases emerge

Australia's Victoria state mandates coronavirus testing for travelers

Australia's Victoria state mandates coronavirus testing for travelers

At the height of the first wave, Victoria reached 111 new cases in a day, but a much smaller proportion contracted the disease locally.

But authorities are yet to decide whether tighter measures on coronavirus hotspots should be imposed after Monday's new cases brought the state's confirmed total to 2099.

"Containing it, though, is something that we can do, and test and trace is the most effective thing to do".

"We have seven states and territories at the moment in Australia, where there is either no or virtually no community transmission ... and what that means is resources that are available in other states can also be deployed to assist", the prime minister said.

Three of the new cases also involve security contractors already in quarantine at the Stamford Plaza, bringing the total of that outbreak to 23.

Six of the new cases are believed to be from community transmission, health minister Jenny Mikakos said today.

On Sunday, another 49 cases of coronavirus were announced, taking the state's total number of cases to more than 2,000.

Over the weekend the government launched a "testing blitz" of ten hotpot suburbs in Melbourne. "That will control transmission", he said.

"We know what the consequences are of a lockdown in terms of fatigue in people's behaviours and we don't want to drive people out of suburban areas into new unaffected areas", he said.

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"I think they're making profound professional and personal sacrifices because they are absolutely impassioned about protecting lives", he said.

"We have to think through what will make a difference in this current challenge ..."

He said: "What we are seeing is transmission across settings because people are still going out with symptoms".

Sutton said the numbers were "absolutely concerning" and indicated outbreaks occurring "across multiple households, across work and other settings".

He suggested people were still not heeding warnings to stay home if even slightly sick.

The schools are Queen of Peace Parish Primary School in Altona Meadows, Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn, Fitzroy High School and Port Phillip Specialist School and St Bernard's College in Essendon.

"We have a healthcare worker that's tested positive at the Melbourne clinic in Richmond and close contacts among both patients and staff will be identified and contacted and the facility will be cleaned", Mikakos said.

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday notified families who attended the Guardian Childcare and Education in Abbotsford.

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