A major shopping centre in Melbourne’s south-east has been added to the list of locations visited by a new coronavirus case.
The alert was issued after authorities on Wednesday night revealed three new cases of community transmission in Victoria, breaking a 61-day streak.
The cases, two women in their 40s and a woman in her 70s, are from three different suburbs: Mentone, Mitcham and Hallam.
Authorities are investigating if there is a link to the COVID outbreak in New South Wales.
Several stores at the Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Narre Warren were visited by one of the COVID carriers on Boxing Day.
Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts and Lacoste stores at the centre were visited between 9am and 11am on December 26.
File image of the Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. Credit: Supplied
Anyone who was at the stores in that time must immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.
A catholic church in Doveton is also on alert for COVID exposure.
The Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic was visited by a case on December 26 between 4pm and 6pm.
Other high-risk locations attended by cases also include:
Glen Waverley: Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s on December 28 between 1.30pm and 5pm
Oakleigh: Katialo restaurant at Eaton Mall on December 28 between 7pm and 8.15pm
Mentone/Parkdale Beach on December 27 between 10am and 4.30pm
Anyone who has attended any of those locations at those times must immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.
The latest Department of Health and Human Services alerts can be found here.
Victorians have been urged to “not let down their guard” after the new coronavirus cases were revealed.
“We have three cases that are self-isolating at home and are being supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services,” Victoria’s Commander of COVID-19 response Jeroen Weimar said on Wednesday night.
“We are so thankful that these people did the right thing and got tested.
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“We always knew this virus had us in a precarious position and we need to make sure we do everything we can to stamp out any further transmissions.
“We have been in this position before and we are deploying our full outbreak approach around these cases.”
Contact tracing will continue overnight to try and determine where the virus started and work out whether there are more positive cases.
There are more than 40 primary close contacts linked to the three cases.