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There were no new locally acquired cases and no infections were detected in the hotel quarantine.

More than 32,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, and officials urged anyone who attends specific exposure sites listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website to get tested immediately.

The urgency comes when a man in his 30s tested positive for COVID-19 after attending cricket at MCG on December 27 and the Boxing Day sales at the Chadstone Mall.

Several stores have been put on high alert after the man visited the center between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The 10 stores have been listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website as potential acquisition sites, including Culture Kings, Huffer, JD Sports, Jay Jays, H&M, Uniqlo, Myer, Superdry, Footlocker, and Dumplings Plus.

There are 38 active cases in the state.

Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said yesterday that health authorities have been tracking the movements of the man’s phone in Chadstone.

“We are particularly interested in those who went to those stores on Valentine’s Day and did not feel well. Please come by to get tested,” he said.

“We will identify the time zones the individual was in in these stores.”

Anyone who has attended the locations during the identified times should be tested and quarantined until they receive a negative result, the DHHS website states.

The man and his close contacts isolate themselves, and the main concern is the source of the virus.

The Chadstone Mall in Melbourne is packed with customers in 2017.
The Chadstone Mall in Melbourne is packed with customers. (Google Maps)

“We are trying to identify, a needle-in-a-haystack exercise, who might be positive,” Weimar said.

The man is not believed to be contagious when he attended cricket and Chadstone, however health officials believe he may have acquired the virus from the sites.

Up to 30,000 spectators were at the MCG for the second day of the Boxing Day event, with 2,400 people inside Zone 5 where the man was sitting.

People who sat inside the Zone 5 bubble have received a test message informing them of the confirmed case and requesting that they be tested.

The crowd enjoying the action on the first day of the Boxing Day test match. (Photograph by Chris Hopkins)

“We are encouraging everyone who was in cricket and who was sitting in the Great Southern Stand, Zone 5, between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to take the test and isolate themselves until they receive a result,” said the Acting Premier Jacinta Allan.

The man developed symptoms on December 30 and the health department was notified of his positive test result on January 5.

He stayed at home since December 31 and then took the test.

Victorian government officials are ready to address the latest coronavirus figures sometime today.


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