Positive sign as Victoria’s cases rise

The state’s health department confirmed the new local virus cases about 8.45am but in a positive sign for the state’s lockdown, they said all 22 were linked to existing outbreaks that have stemmed from NSW.Victoria has now recorded 107 cases linked to the two outbreaks that jumped the border from Sydney’s deadly Delta cluster – one from a team of Sydney removalists that transited through the state and the other a family that returned to Melbourne’s north from a NSW red zone.As of Tuesday night, the source of one case announced that day – a woman aged in her 20s from Melbourne’s north – remained under investigation.The news comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews extended the state’s fifth lockdown by another seven days until 11.59pm on July 27.“There are chains of transmission that are not yet contained,” he said.“So far, the strategy is unfolding exactly the way that we would like it to unfold, but we have had a couple of superspreader events, whether they are technically termed that, but we’ve had a couple of transmission events where large numbers of people have finished up positive as a result of being in the proximity, being close to others for a very short period of time.”Health authorities also confirmed there was one new case in hotel quarantine, with the number of active cases in Victoria at 118 — up from 96 on Monday.

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