Victorian update: 5 new cases, zero deaths and just 5 active cases in aged care but urgent health warning issued for Melbourne’s north

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There were five new active cases of COVID-19 reported in Victoria on Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of active cases to 105.

This is 83% down on the 620 active cases reported at the same point last month, and all five of the new cases have been linked to known outbreaks and close contacts.

Just five of the state’s active cases (4.7%) were linked to aged care.

And the state’s 14-day rolling average of new cases was down 6.4 in metropolitan Melbourne and 0.4 in regional Victoria, from the previous day’s totals of 6.6 and 0.5.

The state had nine Victorians were in hospital, with none in ICU.

And over 18,400 tests were conducted in the state.

All eyes on Melbourne’s north

This came with news that 400 people in Melbourne’s north had been ordered to self-isolate out of an “abundance of caution” after a growing outbreak involving two schools.

The outbreak has been linked to a positive test confirmed on Tuesday, from a student who had attended school despite being told to self-isolate due to being a close contact of a known case.

“Ultimately, someone who should not have been at school, went to school,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in his daily press briefing.

“They were not positive, they were a close contact. They have subsequently tested positive, and that is what has then seen the response.”

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