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Exposure sites spread outside of Greater Melbourne

As we just mentioned, there are now two exposure sites outside metropolitan Melbourne.

Health authorities have identified two sites – one in the regional city of Bendigo and one in Axedale, just outside of Bendigo – as the list of exposure sites grew overnight.

The Axedale Tavern on High Street, where a positive case attended a function, is listed as a tier one exposure site for people who were present between 11.45am and 1.30pm on May 23. If you visited during this time, you are asked to immediately isolate, get a test and quarantine for 14 days.

Hairfolk salon on Williamson Street in Bendigo is now a tier two exposure site. If you attended between between 9.40am and 10.10am on May 22, you are advised to get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.

The coronavirus restrictions put in place yesterday apply only – so far – to those who live in Greater Melbourne area.

What we know so far about Melbourne’s new coronavirus cases

New Victorian restrictions will take effect from 6pm on Tuesday in response to nine new cases in a growing coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne’s north.

Mask-wearing and restrictions on private gatherings are back in Melbourne after four members of the same family from the Whittlesea local government area tested positive to coronavirus.

A close contact of one of those cases also returned a positive result on Tuesday morning, before four members of his family also tested positive on Tuesday afternoon.

The Curry Vault restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD will remain closed for the next fortnight. Credit:Eddie Jim

The first five cases have been linked through genomic testing to a Melbourne man who tested positive two weeks ago and who is suspected of becoming infected while in hotel quarantine in South Australia.

The growing cluster has prompted a renewed plea for Victorians to get vaccinated against the virus and tested if they show even the mildest symptoms.

So, what do we know so far about each of these cases and how are they all connected?

Read more here.

MCG and RMIT added to growing list of exposure sites

The MCG and RMIT’s Carlton campus have been added to a growing list of exposure sites that now includes two regional sites.

In a late-night tweet, health authorities revealed a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne’s northern suburbs this week had attended an AFL match at the MCG on the weekend, forcing some football fans into isolation.

And in a media release, RMIT University has revealed an external contractor who attended a building at RMIT’s Carlton campus had tested positive for COVID-19. RMIT said classes would continue today.

Other new exposure sites include the first regional sites of this northern suburbs cluster: an Axedale pub (tier one) and a Bendigo hairdresser (tier two).

The ongoing advice for tier one sites is to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

You can see the most up-to-date information on exposure sites here.

Good morning!

Good morning! Well, here we are again. It’s dark outside my study window, the heater is on and I have a small pyjama-clad visitor yawning in the chair behind me. It’s just like 2020…

Regular readers will know we ran a daily coronavirus blog over much of the past year. Since we wound that daily blog up a couple of months ago, we’ve launched a national news blog. Today – we have both! You can check out the day’s biggest political, business and world news here while we’ll have all the COVID news specific to Melbourne and Victoria right here.

Two important things to note today: the growing list of exposure sites is on the Victorian coronavirus website, and if you have any symptoms – a fever, a sore throat, a cough – you can find a list of testing sites here. Given yesterday’s queues, it’s probably best to head out early. With a mask!

Stay safe and look after each other. We’ll be here all day.

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