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Lines of Healthcare professionals are seen entering the North Melbourne Public Housing tower complex on July 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images.

Five aged care homes in Melbourne linked to new coronavirus cases

The coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne continues to grow as the city goes back into a six-week lockdown while five new infections have been linked to Victorian aged care services.

From Thursday, residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, north of the city, will be forced back into stage three lockdown as part of efforts to contain a second wave of coronavirus. This is on top of the 3000 residents of public housing blocks already under extreme lockdown in the city.

Victoria recorded 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, its second-highest single-day total after a record 191 cases on Tuesday.

More than 850 cases remain active, an increase of nearly 800 in a month.

A staff member at the Doutta Galla Lynch’s Bridge site aged care home in Kensington tested positive and there are fears the worker may have exposed elderly residents to the virus after completing shifts on July 2 and 3 while infectious, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Contact tracing is underway.

Staff members who worked at the Uniting AgeWell facility and at BaptCare Karana age care facility in Kew both tested positive, but did not work while infectious.

An aged care worker who provides services to clients in their homes through Mercy Health has also tested positive.

An elderly resident has also tested positive at the Glendale Aged Care facility in Werribee in the city’s west.

This comes as several staff members from multiple hospitals across the state have also tested positive which has resulted in Brunswick Private hospital closing to new admissions.

Staff from St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Women’s have tested positive to coronavirus.

Global figures continue to rise

Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 12 million with more than half a million people dead in seven months.

The first case was reported in China in early January and it took 149 days to hit 6 million cases. It has taken less than a third of that time – just 39 days – to double to 12 million cases, the tally shows.

There have been more than 546,000 deaths linked to the virus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide.

Australia has had 8,886 confirmed cases of the virus with 106 deaths. There are currently 926 active cases with 46 people in hospital, eight in ICU.

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