The Australian state of Victoria is experiencing a “concerning” upward trend in coronavirus infections, with 75 new cases identified overnight.
A medic at a drive-through Covid-19 testing site in a Melbourne shopping centre on 26 June. Photo: AFP
The latest cases were “overwhelmingly concentrated” in 10 Melbourne suburbs identified as community transmission hotspots, the state’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.
“Obviously we are concerned by the increasing number and the upward trend and are monitoring the situation very closely.”
Mikakos said the 75 new cases could be broken down into the following categories:
- 14 cases linked to outbreaks (positive results in those tested as close contacts of existing cases)
- 37 cases found by routine testing (general testing sites set up by health authorities)
- 23 cases still under investigation (some were found late in the reporting day)
- One case is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine
The total number of cases in Victoria since the pandemic began now stands at 2099.