Victorian health authorities are growing increasingly concerned about a spike in coronavirus cases, with 49 new infections yesterday.
It’s biggest single-day increase in the state since the start of April and lockdown looms for communities in the virus hotspots.
Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says the figures are worrying but they don’t yet know the full impact of restrictions, which were re-instated last weekend.
“You really need to wait five or six days to see – in the numbers – the effects of whatever interventions you’ve made; that’s the kind of average incubation period for people,” Professor Sutton says.
Travellers returning to the state are now facing mandatory testing while in hotel quarantine.
If they refuse, they will have to see out an extra 10 days, on top of the existing fortnight in isolation.