Australia reports highest single-day cases in 2 months

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Health minister Jenny Mikakos said one of those cases was in hotel quarantine, 14 are linked to outbreaks, 37 were detected through routine testing and 23 are still under investigation.

Victoria reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

The news comes amid a coronavirus spike in Melbourne, with today's announcement being the highest watermark since March.

Twenty-three of the cases are still being investigated as the state suffers a second wave of the deadly virus which has infected 10million around the world.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton blamed the latest outbreak on people failing to quarantine when sick - and said suburb lockdowns were being considered.

However, he said the "clearly big numbers today" were "absolutely concerning".

Over the weekend the government launched a "testing blitz" of ten hotpot suburbs in Melbourne.

New South Wales recorded seven new cases today - all in returned travellers who will spend the next 14 days in hotel quarantine. Morrison said he would discuss options for addressing the situation with Premier Daniel Andrews.

Sutton said he would not announce the lockdown of any suburb on Monday, but it was still under consideration.

The schools are Queen of Peace Parish Primary School in Altona Meadows, Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn, Fitzroy High School and Port Phillip Specialist School and St Bernard's College in Essendon.

Two childcare centres in Abbotsford and Pascoe Vale - both from the Guardian chain - have also been shut. It brings that outbreak to a total of five.

He noted that are now 2,500 close contacts of confirmed cases in Victoria, adding: "We're at the limits of managing that number".

Mikakos broke down the new cases as follows: one in hotel quarantine, 14 linked to outbreaks, 37 detected through routine testing, and 23 now being investigated to determine their origin.

Mikakos also said a number of schools would be deep-cleaned, following staff or students testing positive.

The Lifeblood Redcross processing facility will also be cleaned after a staff member contracted the virus.

Ms Mikakos said one of the new outbreaks contained three new cases and had been linked to a family in Patterson Lakes and Lysterfield, bringing the total number of the outbreak to four.

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