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Melbourne coronavirus hotspot suburbs where cases are surging despite tough lockdown measures 

REVEALED: The Melbourne coronavirus hotspot suburbs where cases are surging despite tough lockdown measures

  • Victoria recorded new 238 coronavirus cases on Wednesday amid second wave
  • More than 250 infections are connected to public housing towers in Melbourne
  • Al-Taqwa College in Truganina is a huge outbreak with more than 150 cases

Melbourne’s coronavirus hotspots continue to record new cases of infection despite the city returning to stay-at-home orders.

Victoria reported its highest ever daily spike of coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 317 infections. 

Premier Daniel Andrews said 28 cases are linked to known outbreaks, while 289 are under investigation. There are 2,128 active cases in the state. 

Melbourne’s coronavirus hotspots continue to record new cases of infection despite the city returning to stay-at-home orders

Victoria reported its highest ever daily spike of coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 317 infections

Victoria reported its highest ever daily spike of coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 317 infections

While the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continues to investigate the transmission of coronavirus cases, hundreds of infections have been linked to clusters in inner-city public housing towers and the city’s western suburbs.

As of Wednesday, 247 residents of public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington had tested positive to COVID-19. 

There are also 36 residents in public housing towers in Carlton who have contracted the virus. 

On Thursday, an additional seven people connected to Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne’s western suburbs, had tested positive to coronavirus.

The school is now at the centre of 157 infections. 

The cluster at Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham grew to 37 coronavirus cases after four additional people tested positive, while eight more infections took the JBS abattoir outbreak in Brooklyn to 29.  

On Thursday, an additional seven people connected to Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne's western suburbs, had tested positive to coronavirus. Pictured: Al-Taqwa College students have their temperature checked outside the school premises

On Thursday, an additional seven people connected to Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne’s western suburbs, had tested positive to coronavirus. Pictured: Al-Taqwa College students have their temperature checked outside the school premises

The state’s largest aged care cluster at Menarock Life nursing home in Essendon has also grown, with 31 staff and residents now infected. 

There are six cases at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in the CBD, 23 linked to Glendale Aged Care in Werribee, 21 at Estia Health in Ardeer and five connected to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner.

On Wednesday, nine cases were reported at Embracia Aged Care in Moonee Valley.   

Other outbreaks listed on Wednesday include: LaManna Supermarket in Essendon (12), Steel Mains in Somerton (five), Waste Equipment and Hiab Services in Ardeer (four), TD Cabinets in Dandenong South (four) and Bell Collision Repair Centre in Preston (three).  

As of Wednesday, 247 residents of public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington had tested positive to COVID-19

As of Wednesday, 247 residents of public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington had tested positive to COVID-19 

The 317 new cases recorded in the state on Thursday make it the 11th consecutive day of a triple-digit increase in Victoria.

Of those, 109 people are in hospital with 29 in intensive care.

The previous national daily record was Victoria’s 288 last Friday.

‘Everyone would prefer this to be a very different set of circumstances but it’s not an ordinary winter,’ Mr Andrews warned.

‘This is not an ordinary week. If we pretend it is, if we pretend it is over because we want it to be over, all we’ll be doing is spreading the virus, seeing more people in hospital and sadly more people will pass away as a result of this virus.’

More time is needed for the numbers to stabilise and drop, given the fresh stay-at-home orders for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are just a week old, Mr Andrews said.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are now only allowed to leave their homes for food and supplies, receive or provide care, exercise, and study or work. 

The state's largest aged care cluster at Menarock Life nursing home in Essendon has also grown, with 31 staff and residents now infected

The state’s largest aged care cluster at Menarock Life nursing home in Essendon has also grown, with 31 staff and residents now infected

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