Coronavirus cluster at Melbourne McDonald’s store grows to EIGHT – as its 92 workers are urgently tested and restaurant reopens after deep clean
A coronavirus cluster at a Melbourne McDonald’s store has jumped to eight.
The outbreak at the Fawkner fast food outlet, in Melbourne’s north, grew from six cases after two close contacts of employees tested positive overnight.
The McDonald’s restaurant opened for business on Thursday morning following a deep clean but 92 staff members remain in isolation.
It’s understood the infections are linked to an employee who worked at the store until May 8, before testing positive to COVID-19.
A coronavirus cluster at a Melbourne McDonald’s store has jumped to eight
The close contacts of those infected have been contacted and will be required to self-isolate for the next 14 days, The Herald Sun reported.
The cluster comes after 85 people tested positive to the virus at Cedar Meats, an abattoir in Melbourne.
Victorians started enjoying new freedoms on Wednesday as many parks, reserves, beaches and historic sites reopened following the loosening of coronavirus restrictions.
People can also host up to five family members or friends at home.
The cluster comes after 85 people tested positive to the virus at Cedar Meats, an abattoir in Melbourne
A nurse takes a swab at one of Victoria’s Mobile Testing Sites at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne this month
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,980
New South Wales: 3,059
Western Australia: 553
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 6,980
Outdoor groups cannot be larger than 10, social-distancing must still be observed and overnight stays remain off the cards.
Major tourist drawcards including the Twelve Apostles are still closed.
Eased restrictions also mean weddings can have up to 10 guests and indoor funerals 20 mourners, as well as up to 30 outdoors.
Schools will also start going back from May 26, with all grade levels expected to be back in class from June 9.