More than 32,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, with four new cases detected overall in the state, one of which was an international traveler in hotel quarantine.
There are now 38 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.
Concerns are increasing for shoppers who attended stores during times when a positive case was shopping at the centers.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been updating the health tips for people who attended the sites while there was a case.
People who attended Ikea Springvale on Dec. 30, between 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., should be tested immediately and quarantined for 14 days from their visit, along with more than a dozen other locations.
Westfield Southland has multiple exposure sites, with one confirmed case visiting Mecca, Honey Birdette, Specsavers, Coles, Bodero, Myer, and Cotton on December 22.
A positive case was also purchased at Angus and Cootes jewelry and Kmart on December 28.
Other stores have also been listed as display sites at the Fountain Gate Mall, as well as the Bayside Mall in Frankston.
The staff member worked between 6 pm and 11 pm last Tuesday.
“Our team has been notified that a person working at Boost Juice (outside of Bonds) tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read.
Health authorities are advising all shoppers who attended stores during the dates and times provided to monitor for symptoms.
There are almost 100 exhibition sites listed in Victoria.
Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan said yesterday that health teams were working hard to notify people of virus infections as soon as possible.
“The DHHS team, whether they are working on the testing program, the tracing program … they are working very, very hard around the clock so that we can provide the best possible information to the Victorian community,” he said .
Hope for Victorians Stranded in New South Wales
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he hopes the thousands of Victorians stranded in New South Wales due to the tight closure of the state border can return home soon.
Over 2,000 applications are still being processed for Victorians seeking to enter the state from New South Wales.
Some 300 requests have been approved for people to cross the border.
People have been given priority for medical, emergency and compassionate reasons.
While essential workers do not require formal approval.
Morrison told 3AW’s Tony Jones that he spoke with Prime Minister Daniel Andrews last night about the issue, but that public health instructions and border closures were a matter for the states.
“I spoke with the Premier last night and we talked about a number of issues and that was one of them,” he said.
“It is up to the state governments to establish their rules on public health.
“I think we are making great progress, so I hope that means that we can restore the configuration before the outbreak.”
Andrews will speak with Victoria’s health director Professor Brett Sutton about the situation imminently, raising new hope that the thousands of trapped residents will get the green light to re-enter the state.