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Meat plant outbreak causes Victoria infection spike

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Victoria has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases with an increase of 17 since yesterday, due to the developing outbreak at a Melbourne meat facility.

Victoria has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases with an increase of 17 since yesterday, due to the developing outbreak at a Melbourne meat facility.

Cedar Meats in Brooklyn is now linked to a total of 45 cases of coronavirus, 11 of those confirmed as new infections from overnight.

The plant has been shut down for extensive cleaning as more than 300 workers undergo testing.

Victoria has recorded 19 new COVID-19 cases connected to a cluster at Cedar Meats, a meat processing facility.The company says it is confident its meat is safe to eat.

According to a report by The Age, the meat cluster also triggered the outbreak at Sunshine hospital, with dozens of staff ordered home after a plant worker, who had emergency surgery on his thumb, later tested positive to the virus.

About 152,000 Victorians have been tested for coronavirus. There are 11 people in hospital, including six patients in intensive care. 421 cases have been acquired through community transmission. Victoria has a total of 1423 cases of coronavirus.

One new COVID-19 case was from mandatory hotel quarantine and two were recorded through the testing clinics.

Treasurer Tim Pallas stood firm that restrictions would not be eased until infection rates were truly under control.

"You will see clusters emerge over time. That's the whole point of tracking and tracing," he said.

"Only when we get to the point that we have confidence that we have the disease under control do we have options.

"Our circumstances, as are other states, are different. We are not at a point where we can start talking about the winding back of arrangements."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-cedar-meats-outbreak-infection-spike/23e4d5ea-b7f7-4e14-abd6-1ff1f082435d

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