Victoria reports two likely COVID-19 cases in Melbourne's northern suburbs

Victoria reports two likely COVID-19 cases in Melbourne's northern suburbs

Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is conducting a full investigation into two likely positive COVID-19 cases in Melbourne's northern suburbs, around two weeks after the state's last outbreak began.

The department was made aware of the issue this morning, and it is currently understood that both individuals are connected.

"A full investigation is underway into these results, and initial public health actions are being put in place while both individuals isolate and are urgently tested," the DHHS said in a statement.

"We will communicate any specific public health actions the community needs to undertake as soon as possible when investigations and case interviews are complete."

The announcement follows an intensification of testing in the Epping area after authorities realised they had posted Woolworths Epping as an exposure site, when a case earlier this month had in fact visited the Woolworths at Epping North.

Authorities have not confirmed whether the latest cases can be traced back to the earlier case, whereby a man in his 30s left quarantine in South Australia but developed symptoms and ultimately tested positive to the virus while in Melbourne.

Click here for an updated version of Victoria's exposure sites, and anyone with symptoms is encouraged to get tested.

Updated at 11:28am AEST on 24 May 2021.

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