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All of Melbourne declared COVID-19 hotspot by Queensland government

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A spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne has prompted Queensland’s health department to broaden the number of high-risk areas that force people into mandatory quarantine when returning from Victoria.

A spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne has prompted Queensland's health department to broaden the number of high-risk areas that force people into mandatory quarantine when returning from Victoria.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the hotspots now include all 31 Local Government Areas in Greater Melbourne, as well as bordering areas of Murrindindi, Mitchell, Moorabool, Macedon Ranges and Greater Geelong.

The declaration comes as Victoria has recorded several straight days of double-digit cases and now has more than 100 active cases across the state.

Queensland has just three active cases.

Victoria has now tightened its restrictions once more, reducing the number of people allowed inside homes from 20 down to five.

The spike has also put state border reopenings in doubt, with Queensland saying it will make a final decision at the end of the month.

Reported with AAP.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-declared-coronavirus-hotspot-by-queensland/336ecd0b-853e-4c3b-b4df-e66cc65c98c2

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