One of Victoria’s three new coronavirus cases is a child who attended an early learning centre in Melbourne’s north.
The young girl last attended Good Start Early Learning Centre on Plenty Road in Bundoora on October 22.
The child was already in self-isolation after her mother was diagnosed with the virus on October 25.
The centre closed on October 25 and has undergone deep cleaning. It will reopen when it is safe to do so.
Head of Safer Care Victoria Professor Euan Wallace said the child initially tested negative on October 26, but returned a positive result on October 28 after being retested.
About a dozen close contacts have been identified, including eight children and four staff.
Good Start Early Learning on Plenty Road in Bundoora, where a child attended while potentially infectious with COVID-19. (Google Street View)
“We have results back from six of those eight children and three of the four staff and happily they are all negative,” Professor Wallace said.
“In total though, there will be about 90 and perhaps a bit more now, secondary close contacts and they have been notified over the course of yesterday and today, both through the early learning centre and the contact tracing teams.”
More testing is underway by Austin Health.
The state’s two other COVID-19 infections are under investigation as they may be previous cases which are still shedding the virus.
The first case was a known case back in August and the second case was a close contact identified in late August.
Premier Daniel Andrews said work is underway to determine whether the two cases are examples of “persistent shedding of the virus from historic infections”.
“Whether they were genuinely new cases or whether it is about shedding the virus over a prolonged period – that will be determined by an expert review panel that is meeting to examine those issues today,” Mr Andrews said.
“We will provide you with an update as soon as they have come to a clinical conclusion on that matter.”
The 14-day rolling average has dropped to 2.4 in Melbourne and is zero in regional Victoria.
There are five Victorians in hospital. The state has 76 active cases of COVID-19.
But long queues and big crowds converging in Melbourne hours after the city’s reopening are now sparking fears of fresh coronavirus outbreaks.
Foot traffic across parts of the CBD has returned to 80 per cent of what it was before COVID-19 with 16,200 shops now back in business.
Melbourne celebrates the end of its coronavirus lockdown, with crowds heading out to enjoy retail shopping and dining at restaurants and cafes for the first time in months. (Getty)
All retailers and dining venues must have a COVID-Safe plan in place, while strict controls are in place to limit numbers both inside and out.
But with long lines of shoppers waiting to get inside some of their favourite retailers, there are concerns some people are not social-distancing enough.
Victoria’s contact tracing system will be in the spotlight now more than ever as health authorities do all they can to prevent a third wave.
The state’s virus response has received praise from Dr Anthony Fauci, one of the United States’ leading infectious diseases experts.
“Australia’s done well, New Zealand has done well, some of the Asian countries have done well,” Dr Fauci said.
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