Three new local coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria

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Victoria has recorded another three local cases of COVID-19 and two in hotel quarantine.

The health department’s official tally for the past day is nine because it contains six cases that the government reported yesterday, as those results came back after midnight yesterday.

At the last count on Monday there were four cases connected with aged care; two staff members, one resident and one son of a staff member.

Several homes were forced to close, as aged care staff had again been allowed to work across multiple sites.

It is unclear whether any of the three new cases today are linked with aged care.

There are now more than 320 exposure sites listed by health authorities and the additions are increasingly a list of places people are allowed to go: supermarkets and grocery stores. Brimbank Shopping Centre has several sites and there are some in South Melbourne including at the South Melbourne Market.

A statement from the Chief Health Officer, released on Monday evening, said there was a continued focus on small community grocery stores across Melbourne’s suburbs.

“Anyone who has been to a community or market grocery store in the last two weeks is urged to visit the exposure sites website,” the statement said.

An increasing number of Victoria’s mass vaccination centres are offering Pfizer shots for people aged in their 40s who walk in off the street.

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