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Five new local COVID-19 cases

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Authorities say one of Victoria’s latest five cases is a worker in an aged care facility.

One of Victoria's latest five cases is a worker in an aged care facility.

Acting premier James Merlino said the staff member worked at Arcare in Maidstone.

"I want to thank the worker for doing the right thing and getting tested immediately upon getting symptoms, and helping get the facility as safe as possible," he said.

In total, two of today's five cases are close contacts in quarantine, one is linked to an exposure site and two are under investigation

The new figures were released after 45,000 tests over the previous 24 hours.

The new figures come after only five new cases were revealed on Saturday.

But despite the positive signs amidst a record testing blitz, there remain hundreds of exposure sites visited by positive COVID cases that have contact tracers on edge.

Some of the latest exposure sites include several stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre and LaTrobe University.

A positive case visited the popular retail spot on Wednesday, with a restaurant they dined at now classified a Tier One location.

The infected person dined at Yokozuna between 11.30am and 12pm on May 26.

The other stores visited by the case include Optus, Bakers Delight and Woolworths which are all now listed as Tier Two sites.

The ever growing list of exposure sites has lead to reports some restrictions, such as masks and gathering rules, could be extended beyond Friday.

Contact tracers are working urgently trying to reach people who have crossed paths with confirmed new cases.

There are more than 3000 primary close contacts, of which 63 per cent had already tested negative to COVID-19 as of Saturday morning.

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The most concerning of the new cases is a delivery driver who visited several small food and grocery stores across Melbourne whilst infectious, leading to more than a dozen exposure sites.

"All have been contacted, all have been closed down, and testing is well underway for all of those sites," Health Minister Martin Foley said.

Health Minister Martin Foley said it was too early to say whether the lockdown would lift on Friday as planned.

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Melbourne residents have flocked to vaccination clinics across the city this morning, with queues at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton growing by the minute.

Despite the Victoria Health website saying people have to book a shot, many are turning up as walk-ins, even though the site says they will be turned away.

Coronavirus testing clinics are also reporting large numbers of people seeking the jab.

Further raising hopes was the turnout at vaccination hubs on Saturday, where some people waited up to six hours to get their jab.

"If we're going to crush this thing in seven days, we all need to do the right thing," Mr Weimar said.

Anti-lockdown protesters halted

Whilst the vast majority have been abiding the new rules, a raucous few clashed with police in anti-lockdown and anti-mask protests on Saturday.

Hundreds had tried to gather at the Flagstaff Gardens park but were stopped by police.

Fourteen people were arrested and 55 were issued fines.

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Two police officers were injured as tempers flared.

Some demonstrators did try to march but they only got as far as the Queen Victoria Market.

One woman was caught breathing heavily on the media. She laughed, ran off, and was then arrested.

Victoria Police said there would be a high police presence across the CBD, on roads, and across the public transport network throughout the lockdown, with a zero-tolerance approach towards those caught deliberately breaking the rules.

Source: 9News

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