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Victoria Virus Cases up 11, Caution Urged


Victoria has recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases, while the number of cases connected to a west Melbourne abattoir cluster has grown to almost 100.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos on May 16 said the states total number of cases had grown to 1554, with seven people currently in intensive care.

Among the 11 new cases recorded on Saturday were two people connected to the Cedar Meats virus cluster in Brooklyn, while four people previously confirmed to have the virus overnight had their connection to the abattoir confirmed.

There are 98 COVID-19 cases connected to the Cedar Meats cluster.

Elsewhere, a McDonalds restaurant in the north Melbourne suburb of Fawkner has recorded an additional COVID-19 case, with the outlets cluster growing to 11.

McDonalds Fawkner had been closed for deep cleaning but reopened on Wednesday.

A second McDonalds restaurant has also been closed for deep cleaning after a staff member at its Craigieburn premises tested positive for COVID-19.

The Craigieburn worker was a relative of a staff member at McDonalds in Fawkner.

“We have spoken with the employee and confirm they are self-isolating at home with little to no symptoms,” a McDonalds spokeswoman said on Friday.

While many Victorians enjoy social visits this weekend, Mikakos told reporters on Saturday the health advice remained to stay cautious and get tested if unwell.

Victorians can now socialise in small groups of no more than five guests to a home.

“We set ourselves a target of 50,000 (tests) from Monday to the end of this week, being Sunday. Im pleased to report we have already exceeded that target and as of closeRead More – Source