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Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Victoria after second aged care resident tests positive

Three locally-transmitted coronavirus cases have been recorded in Victoria, including a second aged care resident in Melbourne

The 89-year-old is a close contact of the first resident to test contract the virus at Melbourne’s Arcare Maidstone facility, where two workers have also tested positive.

Arcare chief executive, Colin Singh, confirmed the fourth case linked to the outbreak on Wednesday afternoon. 

Health authorities announced the three new cases on Thursday, detected from more than 57,000 tests, taking the total number of infections linked to the current Victorian outbreak to 63. 

Meanwhile, Melburnians are preparing for a second week in hard lockdown after Acting Premier James Merlino announced stay-at-home orders would remain in Metropolitan Melbourne for a further seven days.

Announcing the extension on Thursday, he said the new variant was “quicker and more contagious than we’ve ever seen before”. 

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