Victoria has recorded 21 new cases of coronavirus overnight, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 70.

Key points:A nursing home resident is among the new cases recorded overnightContractor working at hotel that housed quarantined travellers also tested positive for COVID-19There are now 70 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said 15 of the new infections were returned travellers who were already in hotel quarantine.

Of the other six cases, one is a resident at the Rosstown nursing home in Carnegie, in Melbourne’s south-east.

Ms Mikakos said the 53-bed facility had gone into lockdown and residents had been restricted to their rooms.

Another is a contractor working at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, which housed returned travellers who were in mandatory quarantine.

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A household contact of an infected hospital patient at Monash Health was also included in the overnight figures.

Previously there were six confirmed cases linked to the Monash Health outbreak, including a healthcare worker.

Healh Minister Jenny Mikakos said 15 of the new cases were in mandatory hotel quarantine.(AAP: James Ross)

“Essentially we’ve got a family grouping and a healthcare worker, and it appears from the investigation that the healthcare worker is not the source of the [Monash Health] infections,” Ms Mikakos said.

The Health Minister said the Monash Health cluster would now be referred to as the “south-eastern suburbs outbreak”.

The other three cases that were not in returned travellers are under investigation.

Childcare worker was infectious for two days while working

Ms Mikakos said a worker from an early learning centre in Melbourne’s north-west who tested positive for coronavirus was infectious for two days while working last week.

The Inspira Early Learning Centre in Gladstone Park will be closed for at least 24 hours while cleaning and contact tracing is carried out.

Ms Mikakos said the centre could remain closed for 14 days, due to the number of staff and children who would need to self-isolate.

The childcare worker was one of the cases that were under investigation yesterday.

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Ms Mikakos said a large number of returned travellers were from the Indian subcontinent.

“Countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are experiencing exponential growth in confirmed cases at the moment, and obviously that’s impacting on the increase on our numbers who are in hotel quarantine,” she said.

Victoria has recorded 1,762 coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak.



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