The city of Melbourne is once again on high alert after a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 attended an AFL match at the MCG over the weekend and an outbreak connected to a removalist from Sydney continues to grow.
The state formally reported just one new community transmission today, but Victoria's COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says early this morning seven new infections were picked up.
While contact tracing and interviews are still underway to determine the potential spread of the virus in Melbourne, health authorities were able to discern that one of the new cases attended the MCG on the weekend.
As such, the AFL game between Carlton and Geelong at the MCG on 10 July has been listed as an exposure site.
Of the seven new cases, most are connected to the removalist from Sydney who breached freight conditions by not wearing a mask while visiting the Ariele apartment complex on 8 July.
The cases mentioned by Weimar today include a man in his 60s who live at the apartment complex, that man's 89 and 90-year-old parents, and three members of a household who also live at the apartment complex.
The man who attended the AFL match also visited Highpoint shopping centre on 9 July, so that centre has been listed as an exposure site too.
Weimar has encouraged anyone who visited the Highpoint centre on 9 July between 10am and 2pm to come forward and get tested.
"This is clearly a very rapidly moving situation, we're very keen to make sure we get a firm grip on this as soon as we possibly can," Weimar said.
"We've talked about the outstanding performance collectively that all Victorians have undertaken to get on top of these waves, and we are being tested again now.
"This is a significant challenge to us with two separate chains of transmission running."
Updated at 2.12pm AEST on 14 July 2021.
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