Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says community testing holds the key to stemming virus outbreaks as restrictions ease across the state from today.
Six new cases were reported in Victoria yesterday, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 1649. About 70 cases remain active.
Two of the new cases are linked to a family outbreak in Keilor Downs, in Melbourne’s north-west, which has now infected 13 people across two homes.
“We have a massive team – a 1000-plus team – that pounces on this outbreak and (Victoria Chief Medical Officer) Brendan Murphy has made the point we will see more outbreaks and see more positive cases,” Mr Andrews told Today.
The premier says 500,000 people have been tested for the virus since the start of the year but more is needed.
“We are doing more testing than any other state. It gives us the most accurate picture,” Mr Andrews said.
“Without that testing you simply wait until people start presenting themselves at hospital needing machines to help them breathe.”