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Victoria records zero new cases of coronavirus

Victoria has recorded zero new cases of coronavirus but hundreds are still on alert for possible exposure.

The state health department confirmed there were only three new infections in hotel quarantine on Tuesday morning, and no cases of community transmission.

But popular retailers Strandbags and Sketchers in Melbourne’s CBD have been added to the list of exposure sites after two children tested positive on Monday.

Both stores are located in the Spencer Outlet Centre in Docklands.

An infected shopper visited the Strandbags store on May 18 between 12.00pm-12.25pm, while another attended Sketchers on the same day from 12.10pm-12.40pm. 

Pictured: A woman walking past a ‘wear a mask’ sign as she leaves Melbourne Central Train Station on June 10

The Strandbags (pictured) and Sketchers stores were added on Monday afternoon after they were visited by positive cases on May 18

The Strandbags (pictured) and Sketchers stores were added on Monday afternoon after they were visited by positive cases on May 18

Stetchers shoe store, in Melbourne's CBD, was added to the list of exposure sites on Monday

Stetchers shoe store, in Melbourne’s CBD, was added to the list of exposure sites on Monday

The Victorian Health Department listed the stores as tier 2 exposure sites, with those who visited the store advised to get tested urgently and isolate until receiving a negative result. 

About 15,067 Victorians were tested on Monday and 9,997 received a vaccine dose at a state-run hub during the same period.

Health Minister Martin Foley on Sunday said the state was ‘on track’ to further ease restrictions but warned any changes would be ‘gradual’ and ‘careful’.

He said increased testing would give authorities more confidence the virus wasn’t spreading undetected in the community.

Busy Melbourne shopping outlet Spencer Outlet Centre (pictured) has been added to the list of exposure sites

Busy Melbourne shopping outlet Spencer Outlet Centre (pictured) has been added to the list of exposure sites

Health Minister Martin Foley (pictured) on Sunday said the state was 'on track' to further ease restrictions

Health Minister Martin Foley (pictured) on Sunday said the state was ‘on track’ to further ease restrictions

Melbourne emerged from a two-week lockdown on Friday, though it was replaced with strict restrictions, including a ban on home gatherings, a 25km travel limit and mandatory masks indoors and out, which will remain until at least June 18.

Regional Victorians are allowed two visitors at home, while density limits are in place at restaurants, pubs and cafes, gyms and other venues.

Residents of a Southbank townhouse complex have been ordered to isolate for up to a fortnight after authorities established a link between two coronavirus cases who live there.

A Coles express, on the Melton Highway in Taylor Lakes, was also added to the list as a tier 2 site on Monday after positive case visited the petrol station store on May 21 between 10.30am-11.00am.

Pictured: A couple walk along a busy Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD after restrictions were eased on June 10

Pictured: A couple walk along a busy Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD after restrictions were eased on June 10

Pictured: A newly married couple near a tram stop on Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD on June 10

Pictured: A newly married couple near a tram stop on Swanston Street in Melbourne’s CBD on June 10

The two new local cases of Covid-19 on Monday are both children, who are close contacts of previous cases and have not been in the community while infectious.

One is linked to the Reservoir household reported last week, while the other is linked to the man who tested positive at the Southbank townhouse complex. It was previously reported by authorities that the man had a young family.

Authorities are yet to establish a link between the Reservoir family of four, who tested positive on Thursday, to the wider City of Whittlesea outbreak.

Mr Foley said contact tracers were looking at a number of cases that have contracted the virus near a Thomastown industrial precinct, just south of the Metropolitan Ring Road.

Pictured: A pedestrian wearing a mask walks along St Kilda Road as a tram goes past on June 11

Pictured: A pedestrian wearing a mask walks along St Kilda Road as a tram goes past on June 11

Pictured: People wearing masks walk in Melbourne's CBD on June 11 after restrictions were eased

Pictured: People wearing masks walk in Melbourne’s CBD on June 11 after restrictions were eased

‘There are as many as 10 public and private exposure sites within this particular pocket of Thomastown, with some broad overlap between a number of the positive cases,’ he said.

‘We want to use this as an opportunity to remind everyone who was in that industrial precinct, whether you deliver goods there, whether you are part of the service delivery to that particular industrial precinct, just to think about any symptoms that you may have had.’ 

The Victorian Health Department also added six locations to the exposure on Sunday night after confirming a positive Covid-19 case visited the locations – they are all Tier Two exposure sites.

Pictured: Shoppers wearing protective face masks as they line up to enter a store on June 11

Pictured: Shoppers wearing protective face masks as they line up to enter a store on June 11

The confirmed case visited the McDonald’s Freshwater Place at Southbank in the CBD between 5pm and 5.30pm on Friday, June 11.

They also went to Woolworths Melbourne Square on Hoff Boulevard at Southbank between 4pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 8.

The Medibank office on level seven of 720 Bourke Street, Docklands, was also visited between 7.45am and 4.15pm on May 18.

The office building at 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank, has also been flagged as an exposure site.

Pictured: A pedestrian wearing a mask walks over a bridge along the Yarra River on June 11

Pictured: A pedestrian wearing a mask walks over a bridge along the Yarra River on June 11

The confirmed case visited that site between 8.40am and 9.25am, and 4.35pm and 5.30pm on each of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.

The Boyd Community Hub and its Maternal Child and Family Health Services on 207 City Road at Southbank was also visited by the Covid-19 positive case between 2.45pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday, June 8. 

The park play area at the same location was also flagged as an exposure site with the case visiting between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on the same day.

There are more than 130 venues on Melbourne’s exposure list – down from 400 that were listed last week.

New venues added to exposure list

The state’s health department added nine new venues to Melbourne’s exposure list on Sunday and Monday.

They have been flagged as Tier Two exposure sites meaning that anyone who visited the venues must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

DOCKLANDS: Strandbags at Spencer Outlet Centre, between 12-12.25pm on May 18.

DOCKLANDS: Skechers at Spencer Outlet Centre, between 12:10 – 12:40pm on May 18.

DOCKLANDS: Medibank, Level Seven at 720 Bourke Street between 7.45am and 4.15pm on May 18. 

SOUTHBANK: McDonald’s Freshwater Place on Freshwater Place between 5pm and 5.30pm on June 11.

SOUTHBANK: Woolworths Melbourne Square, Shop 1/10 on Hoff Boulevard, between 4pm and 5.30pm on June 8. 

SOUTHBANK: Freshwater Place office at 4 Freshwater Place between 8.40am and 9.25am, and 4.35pm and 5.30pm on June 9, between 8.40am and 9.25am, and 4.50pm and 5.30pm on June 10, and between 8.40am and 9.25am, and 4.50pm and 5.40pm on June 11.

SOUTHBANK: Boyd Community Hub on 207 City Road, between 2.45pm and 3.45pm on June 8.

SOUTHBANK: Boyd Community Hub – Maternal Child and Family Health Services on 207 City Road, between 2.45pm and 3.45pm on June 8.

SOUTHBANK: Boyd Community Hub on 207 City Road, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on June 8. 

For a full list of exposure sites on the VIC Department of Health website click here

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