Victoria lockdown likely to extend as local COVID-19 cases grow

Victoria’s snap lockdown is looking like it could be extend past tomorrow as more local coronavirus cases and exposure sites emerge across the state.

Experts now fear the five-day lockdown which was set to lift from midnight tomorrow will be extended as Victoria tries to get on top of the growing outbreak.

People wear a face mask while waiting for getting tested at Russel Street Covid-19 testing point. (Diego Fedele/Getty)

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to make a decision on the extension in the next 24 hours, with reports the lockdown could stretch out until Friday, or longer, if local cases continue to grow.

Victoria now has 60 local cases reported in the current outbreak with residential buildings, schools, cafes, pubs and even sporting venues among the growing list of exposure sites.

There are now also fears the Melbourne outbreak has spread to regional areas with confirmation a positive case visited Mildura.

The case is a man who attended an MCG match between Carlton and Geelong before returning home to Mildura where symptoms developed.

Lockdown restrictions have come into effect across Victoria as health authorities work to contain two COVID-19 outbreaks linked to Sydney’s delta strain coronavirus cluster. (Diego Fedele/Getty)

Thousands are now coming forward to get tested to determine if the man had spread the infection into the community.

Additional staff have been brought in from Bendigo to deal with the surge in people coming forward for testing and authorities are urging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to come forward, even if they don’t have symptoms.

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