Victoria COVID cases Thursday as state battles two outbreaks and mask rules brought back

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Victoria has recorded new COVID-19 cases as the state waits on edge with two growing virus clusters brought in from Sydney.

On Thursday, the health department confirmed there were ten local cases recorded in the 24 hours until midnight.

Eight of these had already been reported on Wednesday, and the two extra were already known about by early Thursday morning.

Six of Wednesday’s cases are linked to the locked down apartment building after four residents tested positive and one of those people gave it to his elderly parents.

One of the cases is linked to the family in Hume who returned from Sydney with red zone permits, but left isolation to go to Coles Craigieburn, where they gave it to a man in his 30s.

The eighth case is a teacher at Bacchus Marsh Grammar after the school sent a statement to parents.

The two extra cases are linked to current outbreaks.

The health department will hold a press conference later on Thursday and further restrictions are expected to be announced.

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New mask rules

Late on Wednesday night, the Acting Chief Health Officer released a statement saying masks would become mandatory again inside.

From 11.59pm, face masks are mandatory everywhere indoors, except when at home.

This includes at all workplaces and at secondary schools.

Masks must also be worn outdoors when people cannot socially distance.

Exposure sites

As of Thursday morning, Victoria’s COVID exposure site list has ballooned to more than 70 sites.

It includes a number of stores in Highpoint Shopping Centre, a tram to the MCG, a McDonalds and multiple supermarkets.

A list of the new sites is here, or the full list is on the Department of Health website.

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