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Third Black Lives Matter protester tests positive to coronavirus

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A H&M worker who attended Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally has tested positive to COVID-19, as the state admits community transmission is a “concern”.

A H&M retail worker who attended the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne's CBD has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the Northland Shopping Centre store in the city's north to shut down.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed to reporters today the employee worked two shifts at the store last week while infectious. The store will remain closed today while a thorough deep clean and contact tracing is undertaken.

However, the worker was not believed to be infectious at the rally.

"The advice that I have is the person was not infectious at the protest," Ms Mikakos said.

"They did attend the protest with a number of friends and those individuals will also be tested as part of the contact tracing that occurs."

Victoria has recorded 18 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state's total to 1780.

Among the new cases is a one-year-old at Guardian Childcare & Education in Prahran and a staff member at the Learning Sanctuary in Pakenham.

The child attended the centre for one day during their infectious period, with families notified of the positive diagnosis late last night.

The staff member also attended the centre for one day during their infectious period.

Ms Mikakos said the centres had been closed for risk assessment, deep cleaning and contact tracing.

"The investigation is ongoing," she said.

Another new COVID-19 case has been linked to the Croydon Family Practice outbreak, the household contact of a previously diagnosed case bringing the cluster's total to five.

In total, there were six positive cases detected in hotel quarantine, one linked to a known outbreak, eight detected through routine testing and three cases under investigation.

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Community transmission had risen by two cases overnight.

"I'm concerned about the increasing number of cases in the past few days," Ms Mikakos said.

"They're the ones that we're most concerned about, because it means we don't know where the source of the acquisition is.

"Clearly, we do have community transmission in Victoria and I want to reiterate the message to Victorians to take this issue seriously."

Source: 9News

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