Victoria records 2 new local Covid cases

Victoria has recorded two new local cases of coronavirus as health authorities probe a wastewater detection ‘of interest’.

Victorian health officials confirmed two new positive local coronavirus cases of Covid-19 on Sunday morning.

The new cases take the number of local cases in the state’s latest outbreak to 71.

The health department also confirmed six new cases in hotel quarantine, which takes the number of active cases in Victoria to 85.

The results came from almost 30,000 tests, while 19,940 vaccine doses were also administered in the past 24 hours.

The number of primary close contacts linked to the outbreak has declined in recent days as some people take their day 13 tests, complete their 14 days of isolation and are cleared by Victoria’s public health teams.

More than 600 primary close contacts were cleared on Friday and another 800 were expected to be cleared on Saturday.

It comes as Victoria’s coronavirus venue alerts list have swelled to almost 400 sites overnight after a Woolies, Coles and city office building were added as public exposure sites.

Covid fragments were also found in wastewater samples from Melbourne’s inner west and north catchment area, a detection described “of interest” to health authorities.

The suburbs have no confirmed cases of coronavirus but it is near the West Melbourne Delta strain mystery cluster.

“This new detection is of interest as there are currently no confirmed Covid-19 cases in that area but it does contain exposure sites and is near West Melbourne,” the health department said.

“The unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had Covid-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to shed the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.”

The suburbs affected are Aberfeldie, Essendon, Essendon West, Flemington, Footscray, Kensington, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Parkville and Travancore, with residents and visitors urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop.

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