Victoria's 61-day streak of no new community transmitted coronavirus cases has ended, after three people in Melbourne were diagnosed with the virus last Wednesday afternoon.
The Department of Health and Human Services' most recent update confirmed the three cases are from three different suburbs - Mentone, Mitcham and Hallam.
The cases have been recorded in two women in their 40s and a woman in her 70s.
There are 10 active coronavirus cases in Victoria and 13,097 test results were received in the past 24 hours.
Victoria's commander of COVID-19 response Jeroen Weimar said the active cases were a concern but that everything was being done to ensure all relevant exposure sites and close contacts were identified.
"We have three cases that are self-isolating at home and are being supported and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services," Mr Weimar said.
"We have been in this position before and we are deploying our full outbreak approach around these cases.
"Extensive contact tracing is underway and as a result there are currently more than 40 primary close contacts that are being supported to isolate immediately."
A number of high-risk locations in Melbourne were listed by DHHS following discovery of the new cases.
People are urged to get tested for coronavirus if they have visited:
- Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic Church on December 26 between 4pm-6pm
- Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts and Lacoste at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre on December 26 between 9am-11am
- Mentone/Parkdale beach on December 27 between 10am-4.30pm
- Century City Walk and Mocha Jo's in Glen Waverley on December 28, between 1.30pm-5pm
- Katialo restaurant in the Eaton Mall, Oakleigh on December 28 between 7pm-8.15pm
The list of exposure sites can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks and for more information, phone the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.
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