Victoria chases less COVID-19 cases, Australia boosts overseas flights, NSW records low case numbers


Two people in a coronavirus cluster that has spread “rapidly” in Melbourne’s south-east have been admitted to hospital, as authorities ramp up testing in an effort to contain the outbreak that has infected 34 people across five households.

Visits between homes, in breach of Melbourne’s lockdown rules, have been blamed for sparking the fast-growing cluster, which now spans the suburbs of Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North.

A pop-up coronavirus testing clinic was opened at Dandenong Mall on Friday, amid increased efforts to stem the cluster in Melbourne's south-east.

A pop-up coronavirus testing clinic was opened at Dandenong Mall on Friday, amid increased efforts to stem the cluster in Melbourne’s south-east.Credit:Justin McManus

The new cluster has raised fears that another outbreak could push up Melbourne’s daily case numbers and compromise the city’s planned road map out of lockdown.

At four of the five households, all family members have contracted COVID-19, according to head of infection control and prevention at Monash Health, Rhonda Stuart.

Two people, both aged under 50, have been admitted, with one of them presenting to the emergency department on Friday morning after experiencing a shortness of breath. They are both in a stable condition.

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