Just one new case in Victoria and five active cases in aged care as 800 people asked to isolate after East Preston Islamic college outbreak

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The number of new cases in Victoria remained in single digits for the 11th day in a row, with just one new case of COVID-19 reported on Friday.

This brought the state’s total number of active cases to 100, which is 81% down on the 532 active cases reported at the same point in September.

Just five of the state’s active cases (5%) were linked to aged care.

The 14-day rolling average of new cases was down to 5.5 in metropolitan Melbourne and 0.3 in regional Victoria, from the previous day’s totals of 6.4 and 0.4.

The state received 19,428 COVID tests in the 24 hours prior, taking the total number of test results received since the start of the pandemic to 3.022 million.

And there were eight Victorians in hospital, with none in ICU.

800 Melburnians asked to self-isolate

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) deputy secretary Jeroen Weimar appeared at Premier Daniel Andrews’ daily briefing to give an update on the outbreak at East Preston Islamic College, advising people across northern Melbourne to monitor symptoms.

Weimer said 83 families connected to the outbreak have been ordered to self-isolate as well as 400 close contacts and 390 secondary contacts.

“We have identified primary contacts. Primary contacts are required to isolate and they will be tested, we will be contacting them directly, we have contacted them directly, and we will be testing them and this work is ongoing,” he said.

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