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A coronavirus outbreak has hit several Melbourne hospitals, as the state again records a triple-digit virus figure of 165 new cases.

A coronavirus outbreak has hit several Melbourne hospitals, as the state again records a triple-digit virus figure of 165 new cases.

The state's COVID-19 total now sits at 3098 after nine cases were reclassified – largely due to duplication.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 30 were linked to outbreaks and 135 were under investigation.

Two healthcare workers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital were among the new cases, with contact tracing underway.

Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

While the coronavirus cluster at the Northern Hospital in Epping has grown to 11 cases, made up of nine staff and two household contacts. One further case in a staff member has been linked to the outbreak, DHHS revealed today.

Two healthcare workers at Sunshine Hospital emergency department have also tested positive.

Several aged care homes in Melbourne have also recorded multiple coronavirus cases.

There are 477 cases that may indicate community transmission in Victoria. The total number of active cases in the state is 932.

There are 40 people in hospital, including nine in intensive care.

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The state's triple-digit figure comes as stage three lockdown restrictions came into effect in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire today.

"These restrictions have become necessary because of the sharp increase in cases," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

"If you live in these areas, there'll be only four reasons to leave your home: shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; and work and study, if you can't do it from home.

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"These are tough measures but this virus is not selective - it will impact anyone it encounters."

Victoria's 165 new cases include:

•             18 cases relating to the North Melbourne and Flemington public housing towers, with the total now 111. Testing concluded at the towers last night and further lab results are expected later today – which are not included in this number.

•             Six new cases linked to the Al-Taqwa College outbreak, with the total now 113.

•             One new case at the Catch.com Distribution Centre in Truganina taking the total number of cases for four. Further contact tracing is under way.

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•             One case linked to the Collins Street Hugo Boss outbreak – a household contact – taking the total to eight.

•             Two healthcare workers have tested positive at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

•             Two healthcare workers at Sunshine Hospital emergency department have tested positive.

•             One further case in a staff member has been linked to the Northern Hospital in Epping, with the total now 11.

•             Positive cases have been linked to aged care facilities, these facilities are in lockdown and cleaning, contact tracing and appropriate testing is underway.

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-              Cases in two staff members who worked at Menarock Life Aged Care in Essendon.

-              A staff member who attended BaptCare The Orchards Community in Doncaster while infectious.

-              A staff member who worked at Benetas St George's in Altona Meadows while infectious.

-              A staff member who worked at BlueCross Ivanhoe while infectious.

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-              A staff member who worked at Aurrum Aged Care facility in Healesville. The staff member was not infectious at the time.

-              A staff member who worked at Holmwood Aged Care facility in Healesville. The staff member was not infectious at the time.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-outbreaks-hit-melbourne-hospitals-royal-melbourne-northern-sunshine/57cf7dd5-9b7e-4ff7-b13b-225c289d65f1

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