Victoria Records Highest Spike In Coronavirus Cases In Months
There were 49 new cases of coronavirus detected in Victoria for Saturday (June 27), which is the state's highest daily spike in months.
None of the cases stemmed from people returning from overseas, eight were 'reclassified', according to 7News, and 41 were new infections.
Four of the cases are linked to outbreaks while 26 were detected during routine testing. A further 19 are still being investigating.
Victoria's Covid-19 total has now risen to above 2,000 infections since the pandemic began.
People who are in hotel quarantine in Victoria after returning from overseas now must consent to be tested for the virus on the eleventh day in quarantine to be eligible to leave quarantine on day 14.
Those who refuse to comply will be forced to quarantine for a further 10 days - 24 days in total.
Anger was sparked at the end of last week when it was revealed around 30 per cent of people in hotel quarantine were refusing to be tested. Some didn't want authorities doing a nasal swab on their children because it was uncomfortable, according to the ABC.
Several hotspot areas have been identified in Melbourne, which include Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.
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Premier Daniel Andrews hasn't ruled out putting a specific lockdown in place for residents of those areas.
He said on the weekend: "We're not going to change settings in the hotspot suburbs until we've completed and concluded the blitz. Test and trace is the most effective thing we can do.
"If we have to implement a stay-at-home order, if that is deemed the appropriate public health response, that is what we will do. I'm not announcing that today."
Saturday's figures were the 12th consecutive day the state recorded a double-digit increase in coronavirus infections. While it was a record spike in recent months for positive infections, it was also a record in the number of tests that were carried out.
Authorities managed to do a whopping 18,120 tests.
Mr Andrews was pleased with the testing blitz, but says that they need to keep that effort going until the number of new infections start to drop.
He said: "The challenge here is we have to test in those hotspots but at the same time we can't take our eye off any other part of the state.
"We have to keep those testing numbers up to a satisfactory level so that in trying to track and trace one problem we aren't necessarily unaware of any other problem we might have."
Figures for Sunday are expected sometime this morning (June 29).
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