Victoria COVID cases on Wednesday after snap lockdown was extended for seven days

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Victoria has recorded its biggest COVID-19 increase this outbreak on the first extended day of the state’s lockdown.

On Wednesday, the health department confirmed there had been 22 cases recorded in the 24 hours until midnight.

They are all linked to known outbreaks.

Tuesday was an enormous day of testing with just under 60,000 done.

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Case under investigation

On Tuesday, Victoria recorded its first case without a known source since before the current outbreak.

The state’s testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the woman, who is aged in her 20s, tested positive late on Monday night and the health department are “working through her connections”.

The woman lives in the Roxburgh Park area and it is believed she is linked to the City of Hume outbreak, which was sparked by a family who returned home from Sydney and visited a shopping centre while infectious.

Weimar said there was also a COVID-19 wastewater detection in Roxburgh Park on Monday night.

“Anybody in that area who has any symptoms whatsoever please come forward and get tested as a matter of urgency,” he said.

Lockdown extended

Just one day before the five-day lockdown was flagged to end, the Victorian premier said the restrictions would have to last for longer to allow the health department to get in front of the outbreak.

They are currently “running alongside the virus”.

During the much-anticipated press conference on Tuesday, Daniel Andrews said the lockdown would be extended by a further seven days.

This means it will expire at 11.59pm on Tuesday, July 27.

“As promising as our progress has been, we need more time,” Andrews said.

Exposure sites

Overnight on Tuesday, the Department of Health expanded the list to include a Shell Coles Express, an ALDI supermarket and multiple public transport routes as Tier-1 exposure sites.

Anyone who attended a Tier-1 site must get tested and self-isolate for a full 14 days.

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