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Victoria records three new local COVID-19 cases as list of Melbourne exposure sites grows

Victoria has recorded nine new community-transmitted COVID-19 cases, including six previously reported, from more than 42,000 tests as outrage continues after it was revealed the virus had once again entered the state’s aged care system

The new cases, announced on Tuesday, take the total number of infections linked to the outbreak to 54.

Health authorities are facing an uphill battle to contain the virus, with more than 4,200 close contacts of positive cases and almost 330 potential exposure sites identified.

Federal, state and territory leaders will consider this week whether to update advice on mandatory vaccines for aged care workers, after two employees and one 99-year-old resident at a Melbourne facility tested positive.

The Arcare Maidstone aged care facility was placed into lockdown on Sunday after the first worker, a woman in her 50s, tested positive. 

A second Melbourne nursing home, Bluecross Sunshine aged care centre, was locked down a day later after it was revealed the second worker had recently worked across both facilities.

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