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Australia Forty-one new coronavirus cases in Victoria

09:30  27 june  2020
09:30  27 june  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Victoria has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with emergency alerts sent to residents in two of the state's hotspot suburbs.

The state's Deputy Health Officer Dr Annalise van Diemen said the spike in COVID-19 numbers is very troubling.

"Obviously, we are quite concerned and that's why we have ramped up these efforts to really find every possible case that we can find in these areas where the majority of these cases are coming," Dr van Diemen told reporters.

"So we are very concerned."

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She said of the 41 new cases, eight are linked to outbreaks, one case was detected in hotel quarantine, and 13 detected through routine testing. Another 19 are under investigation.

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"We currently have 260 cases that indicate they are community transmission, we don't have a clear source for those cases. So that's an increase of 15 since yesterday," Dr van Diemen said.

"We have 204 active cases in Victoria, five of those are in hospital and one of those five is in intensive care."

She said more than 758,000 tests have been received since yesterday, up 22,000.

Dr van Diemen stopped short of classifying the state's spike in virus numbers as a second wave.

"Terminology is not that important, our case numbers are increasing… as our premier said we know that cases and outbreaks will continue and occur," she said.

Emergency alerts will be sent today to residents in Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows to inform them of testing in their area. The alerts are part of the state's testing blitz.

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She said the alerts were to let residents know there are testing vans, door knockers and expanded community engagement teams in their areas. She urged residents to get tested.

"For those hotspot suburbs, that testing continues to be available for people who are systematic and asymptomatic. And for the rest of Victoria, the message really does remain that if you are symptomatic please get tested straight away," she said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this week revealed the testing blitz would initially focus on testing half of all residents in the suburbs over the next three days, which had the highest number of community transmission cases.

Meanwhile in NSW, six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed, five of whom are returned travellers currently in mandatory hotel quarantine.

A Penrith man in his 70s is the only person out of hotel quarantine to test positive.

NSW Health said it is investigating how the Penrith man contracted the disease, and have contacted the man's close contacts.

Since the pandemic begun NSW has recorded 3174 positive cases, 51 of whom died due to the disease.

In contrast to Victoria – where testing is not mandatory for those in hotel quarantine – NSW will require travellers serving their self-isolation period to undertake a COVID-19 test on day 10.

Those who refuse the test will be required to undertake a further 10 days of isolation.

Just two per cent of travellers returning to NSW have refused the test since mandatory hotel quarantine begun.

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The man aged in his 30s had spent time with family in a Melbourne hotspot before flying home to Darwin.

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