Victoria recorded two new local cases in the last 24 hours to midnight, following nine positive COVID-19 cases recorded yesterday.

The new infections are linked to existing outbreaks, and – as a result – more exposure sites have been added to the official list.

The 18 new tier 2 sites added on Monday night include a busy petrol station on the West Gate Freeway in Port Melbourne, southbound, on 4 June. Restaurants in Coburg and Glenroy, and a pharmacy and supermarket in Southbank were added to the listings along with fast food restaurants: a Subway and McDonald’s in Campbellfield visited on 3 June, a Red Rooster in Pascoe Vale and McDonald’s in Flemington visited on 30 May and two 7-Elevens in Maribyrnong (4 June) and Yarraville (3 June). People who have visited these sites at the same time as COVID-19 infected people need to isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Senior Victorian government sources, however, say they are very confident the city’s lockdown will not be extended again.

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At Monday’s press conference, attended by Neos Kosmos, Professor Brett Sutton flagged the removal of outdated sites.

More support for Victorians in need

The government yesterday announced an additional $30 million package to ensure help – including food and financial support – is made available to communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

A $4.5 million boost to expand the capacity of community food relief organisations will be benchmarked for Victorians struggling to put food on the table.

This will build on the more than $31 million of additional relief delivered since February 2020.

Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence said, “Victoria’s diverse communities have shown enormous strength and heart throughout the pandemic and we’re making sure they have the support and information they need, when they need it.”

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The money will support new partnerships between food relief organisations and local restaurants, cafes and hospitality businesses – enabling them to rapidly purchase raw produce and prepared meals for Victorians in need.

Ensuring multicultural Victorians can continue to access culturally appropriate emergency support and vital public health information, the package delivers $12.1 million to expand the critical work of the CALD Communities Taskforce.

This includes a $5 million funding boost to the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities grants program, which helps local organisations deliver emergency relief, including culturally appropriate food.

More than $7 million will ensure culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians have the information they need to stay safe, with targeted communications, translation and direct engagement, including support for organisations at a local level.

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