COVID-19 scare at Melbourne vaccination clinic as Victoria records 55 new local cases

Victoria has recorded 55 new local cases of coronavirus on Friday, as authorities added a vaccination clinic in Melbourne’s outer south-east among the state’s new exposure sites.

Of Friday’s new local cases, 49 have been linked to the current outbreaks. Health authorities are investigating the source of the remaining six cases.

Only 25 of the new cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period. Two cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state’s hotel quarantine.

Victoria recorded 57 local cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the highest daily toll for this COVID-19 outbreak.

The figures come after authorities detected several new tier 2 COVID-19 exposure sites late on Thursday evening, including Altona Gate Shopping Centre and the first-floor car park and food court of Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre.

Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre did not appear on the official list, but public health provider Peninsula Health confirmed a person visited there to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, and later tested positive for the virus.

“While they had no symptoms while at the vaccination hub, they subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive to the virus [on Thursday],” Peninsula Health said in a statement.

“Due to the positive case attending the venue earlier this week, the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub has been deemed a [tier 2] exposure site.”

The clinic has been declared a tier 2 site on Monday between 11.30am and 12.45pm, meaning anyone who attended it during that timeframe has to get tested for COVID-19, and isolate until they receive a negative test result.