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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has hinted the state could be plunged into sixth lockdown, less than 24 hours after the state celebrated its first ‘doughnut day’ in more than three weeks. 

Mr Andrews confirmed officials were holding crisis talks throughout the day but told reporters he had no immediate announcements to make – even as government sources admitted Melbourne is facing a snap three day lockdown.

Mr Andrews on Thursday morning said the Victorian government was waiting on test results and briefings involving Health Minister Martin Foley and Covid commander Jeroen Weimar. 

‘I’ve got no announcements to make at the moment but there’ll be a series of meetings this afternoon as there was this morning,’ the Premier said.    

‘The government’s priority is to avoid what’s going on in Sydney. We have got to do everything we can to avoid cases getting out of control like they are in Sydney.

‘Everybody has been very clear about the fact there’s only one real way to deal with delta outbreaks. But it’s too early to say what will happen in relation to these cases.’ 

Two additional cases were recorded this morning on top of six new infections recorded on Wednesday. Alarmingly, only three of Wednesday’s cases were linked to the outbreaks and were self-isolating while infectious. 

Fifteen new exposure sites have been announced, including eight tier one locations in western suburbs including Caroline Springs, Altona North, Truganina and Spotswood.  

Just 24 hours ago, Mr Andrews had written simply ‘zero’ in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state’s first day without a local infection since July 12. 

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city's west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher was one of six new Covid-19 cases in Victoria announced overnight

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city's west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher was one of six new Covid-19 cases in Victoria announced overnight

The Victorian Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed a teacher at the Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west may have been infectious in the community for a week. The teacher was one of six new Covid-19 cases in Victoria announced overnight

Pictured: Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne. Only a day before the state announced six new cases, Mr Andrews had celebrated Victoria's first 'doughnut day' since July 12

Pictured: Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne. Only a day before the state announced six new cases, Mr Andrews had celebrated Victoria's first 'doughnut day' since July 12

Pictured: Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews speaks to the media at a press conference in Melbourne. Only a day before the state announced six new cases, Mr Andrews had celebrated Victoria’s first ‘doughnut day’ since July 12

Mr Andrews wrote simply 'zero' in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state recording no locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday

Mr Andrews wrote simply 'zero' in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state recording no locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday

Mr Andrews wrote simply ‘zero’ in a post on his official Facebook account to celebrate the state recording no locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday

One of the mystery cases is a school teacher in her 20s at a prestigious Islamic school in Melbourne – whose positive result has sent 2,100 students and 300 staff members into isolation for 14 days. 

The teacher from Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in the city’s west was diagnosed on Wednesday and may have been infectious in the community for a week. 

The teacher’s partner has also tested positive. He works in Caroline Springs and is a member of the Newport Football Club. He played a match on July 31 against West Footscray at Shorten Reserve.  Two of his family members, who do not live with him, returned positive tests today.    

A man who lives in the Maribrynong local government area and works at a Derrimut warehouse is the third case with an unknown source. 

Spectacle Hub in Caroline Springs is of particular concern after being listed as a tier one site for four days – August 2 and 3, and July 29 and 30. 

Anyone who attended the store during these periods is required to get tested and isolate for 14 days.   

The other three cases announced on Wednesday are linked to a testing site traffic controller at Moonee Valley Racecourse whose source of infection remains unknown. The three case were isolating during their infectious period. 

Al-Taqwa College said classes would be conducted online until August 18 unless the health department advised otherwise. 

The Ilim College and Australian International Academy campuses as well as the Islamic College of Melbourne (ICOM) at Tarneit in Melbourne’s west were also shut on Thursday as a precaution.  

In separate letters, the three schools reassured parents that none of their students or staff had tested positive so far.

‘There are many primary contacts at ICOM who may have been in contact with the Al-Taqwa positive confirmed case,’ one said.

The Al-Taqwa teacher is isolating and being interviewed by contract tracers and with urgent investigations are underway into how she contracted the virus.

Two people wearing PPE are seen at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne on Thursday morning

Two people wearing PPE are seen at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne on Thursday morning

Two people wearing PPE are seen at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Melbourne on Thursday morning

Two masked pedestrians are pictured in Melbourne's Chinatown. Only three of Thursday's new cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious

Two masked pedestrians are pictured in Melbourne's Chinatown. Only three of Thursday's new cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious

Two masked pedestrians are pictured in Melbourne’s Chinatown. Only three of Thursday’s new cases were linked to known outbreaks and self-isolating while infectious

A swab test for Covid-19 is carried out in Melbourne on July 16. The positive cases have sparked fears Victoria could be sent back into a hard lockdown only nine days after stay-at-home restrictions were eased across the state

A swab test for Covid-19 is carried out in Melbourne on July 16. The positive cases have sparked fears Victoria could be sent back into a hard lockdown only nine days after stay-at-home restrictions were eased across the state

A swab test for Covid-19 is carried out in Melbourne on July 16. The positive cases have sparked fears Victoria could be sent back into a hard lockdown only nine days after stay-at-home restrictions were eased across the state

Victoria’s Covid-19 Testing Commander Jeroen Weimar said the woman became symptomatic at the end of last week and may have been infectious in the community for a week before testing positive.

‘From July 28 to July 30 is the point in time when we’re assuming she may have been infectious,’ he told ABC Radio on Thursday.

The college has been listed as a tier one exposure site across those three days, while a Coles at Yarraville is a tier two site for specific times on July 29.   

The Al-Taqwa College said it would be closed for 14 days - with classes conducted online until August 18 - unless the health department advised otherwise

The Al-Taqwa College said it would be closed for 14 days - with classes conducted online until August 18 - unless the health department advised otherwise

The Al-Taqwa College said it would be closed for 14 days – with classes conducted online until August 18 – unless the health department advised otherwise

Mr Weimar said some exposure sites listed in the Hobsons Bay area of Melbourne’s south-west might be a connection point for the woman’s infection.

Al-Taqwa College was a significant location for transmission in last year’s second wave.   

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Victora recording 725 cases, the highest daily number of infections in its deadly second wave of the virus. 

COVID EXPOSURE SITES IN MELBOURNE

SITES ADDED AUGUST 5 

Altona North 

Pharmacy 4 Less 

31/07/2021 10:30am – 11:00am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:54am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Caroline Springs

Da Barber House – CS Square 

30/07/2021 5:45pm – 7:00pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure  

Altona North

Wolf Cafe & Eatery  

 01/08/2021 9:30am – 10:45am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Altona North

Caltex Woolworths Altona North 

31/07/2021 11:00am – 11:35am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Spotswood

Elite Sports Performance Gym 

03/08/2021 6:50am – 8:20am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:20am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Altona North 

Elm Rd Family Clinic  

31/07/2021 10:00am – 11:00am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Newport

Star Pizza & Pasta Cafe 

31/07/2021 6:45pm – 7:40pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result    

Caroline Springs

NAB Branch ATM – CS Square 

30/07/2021 1:30pm – 2:00pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Newport

Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

29/07/2021 9:15am – 9:45am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

Caroline Springs

Woolworths Caroline Springs 

29/07/2021 2:00pm – 2:40pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Newport

Newport 1881 Coffee – Pastries 

30/07/2021 8:20am – 8:50am 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:15am

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

29/07/2021 10:00am – 6:15pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

30/07/2021 9:00am – 6:30pm

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

02/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Caroline Springs

Spectacle Hub – CS Square 

03/08/2021 9:00am – 5:30pm 

Case attended venue 05/08/2021 10:10am

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure

SITES ADDED AUGUST 4 

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

28/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

29/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Truganina

Al-Taqwa College 

30/07/2021 8:30am – 5:00pm Includes all staff, students, families and visitors. 

Case attended venue. 04/08/2021 10:38pm

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Yarraville

Coles (Yarraville) 

29/07/2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm 

Case attended venue 04/08/2021 3:38pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITE ADDED JULY 31 

Altona North

Body Fit Training Altona North 

28/07/2021 5:20am – 7:00am 

Case attended venue 31/07/2021 2:10pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 30 

Doncaster

Woolworths Doncaster – Devon Plaza 

28/07/2021 10:20am – 11:25am 

Case attended venue 30/07/2021 9:29pm

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Robinson Road Building) 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm NOTE: Some individuals may be required to quarantine for 14 days and should follow the advice provided by the department. 30/07/2021 6:50pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 28 

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

25/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm 

Case attended location 28/07/2021 8:47pm

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site 

26/07/2021 7:20am – 6:00pm 

Case attended location 28/07/2021 8:47pm

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Frankston South

Chemist Warehouse Baxter 

24/07/2021 3:45pm – 4:15pm 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 8:47pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston

Ritchies IGA Liquor (Towerhill) 

24/07/2021 4:10pm – 4:35pm 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Altona North

Woolworths (Borrack Square) 

24/07/2021 5:15pm – 6:30pm 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Yarraville

7-Eleven (Yarraville) 

25/07/2021 7:05am – 7:50am 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 4:49pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result   

Frankston

Karingal Hub Shopping Centre 

24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston

Coles Supermarket (Karingal Hub Shopping Centre) 

24/07/2021 11:45am – 12:40pm 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Frankston South

United Petroleum Baxter 

26/07/2021 7:15am – 7:30am 

Case attended venue 28/07/2021 1:10pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITE ADDED JULY 24 

Hawthorn

H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm

Case at apartment complex 24/07/2021 7:25pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

SITES ADDED JULY 23 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm –  Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Docklands

LaCrosse Building 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm – Case attended venue

Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Hawthorn

Balmoral Apartment Complex Hawthorn (Riversdale Road Building & Inverleith Road Building) 

23/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 9:30pm

Tier 3 – Monitor for symptoms 

Camberwell

Woolworths Camberwell 

21/07/2021 7:07am – 7:45am 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn East

Shell Coles Express Auburndale 

21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:15pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn East

Thirsty Camel Bottleshop 

21/07/2021 6:30pm – 7:10pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 8:38pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

Renaissance Hawthorn IGA Plus Liquor

21/07/2021 6:55pm – 7:40pm 

Case attended venue 23/07/2021 7:59pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Public Transport

Yarra Trams – Route 86 (La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119 to Swanston/Bourke Street, Stop 6)

21/07/2021 2:50pm – 3:20pm

 Case travelled on public transport 23/07/2021 7:39pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result  

Yarra Trams – Route 86 (Elizabeth/Bourke Street, Stop 5 to La Trobe/Spencer Street, Stop 119)

21/07/2021 3:35pm – 4:05pm 

Case travelled on public transport 23/07/2021 7:39pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Richmond

ARK Richmond Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:30pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Hawthorn

H Hawthorn Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Cremorne

Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Cremorne

Aparthotel Cremorne Apartment Complex 

22/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:25pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Camberwell

Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

20/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:20pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result 

Camberwell

Anderson Park Apartment Complex 

21/07/2021 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Case at apartment complex 23/07/2021 2:20pm

Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result

 

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