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Victoria records 11 news coronavirus cases but no deaths

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/10/2020 Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia
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A coronavirus cluster at a Melbourne hospital is threatening to derail the city's road out of lockdown as Victoria records just 11 new cases and no deaths.

The cases, which were announced on Friday, take Melbourne rolling average to 9.4, while regional Victoria's average remains at 0.4. 

The city needs to have to have a 14-day rolling average of fewer than five cases to be able to take the next step out of lockdown on October 19. 

a castle on top of a grass covered field: A coronavirus outbreak at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne's east has grown to include two staff members and one patient © Provided by Daily Mail A coronavirus outbreak at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne's east has grown to include two staff members and one patient

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said it would be a 'day-by-day assessment of the situation' as to when further restrictions are lifted. 

Health authorities have been scrambling to contain an outbreak which has emerged at Box Hill Hospital in the city's east.  

A patient and two staff members at tested positive to the virus, but the outbreak is believed to be contained to just one ward.

It is not clear how the outbreak began. 

An investigation has been launched and contact tracers deployed to contain the cluster.  


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The outbreak comes as New South Wales battles a resurgence in cases after 12 days without community transmission - recording eight locally transmitted cases on Thursday. 

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The confirmed cases have sparked health alerts for dozens of locations across Sydney and derailed hopes of the border re-opening with Queensland.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had set NSW a target of 28 days of unlinked community transmission before it fully reopens.

Authorities are tackling a much larger outbreak linked to the Butcher Club at Chadstone Shopping Centre, which has infected 31 people and spread to Frankston in the southeast and Kilmore in the north.

The Kilmore cluster began when a person infected with COVID-19 linked to the Chadstone outbreak dined at the town's Oddfellows Cafe, in a breach of restrictions, on September 30.

More than 200 people who visited the cafe between September 30 and October 3 are self-isolating after a staff member contracted the virus. 

Nearly 500 people have been tested in Kilmore since Tuesday, with an additional positive case linked to the cafe announced on Thursday.

In a post on The Oddfellows Cafe's Facebook page, the business confirmed a second staff member had tested positive along with a confirmed case of a family member.

The premier sought to reassure Victorians some restrictions will be eased as planned on October 19, although it looks unlikely Melbourne will reach its required case load targets in time. 

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