Victoria has recorded 11 new coronavirus cases and no deaths after more than 500 people in a regional town were tested for the disease following an outbreak at a cafe.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday confirmed six of the new cases were linked to known outbreaks while five remain under investigation.
The new cases bring Melbourne’s 14-day rolling case average to 9.7, a slight drop from 9.9 on Wednesday. The city also recorded 14 mystery cases between September 22 and October 5.
Melbourne needs a 14-day average of five cases and no more than five mystery cases to further ease restrictions on October 19.
But a growing outbreak linked to a Melbourne butcher shop continues to trouble authorities.
Some 31 cases are now linked to the outbreak at the Butcher Club, at the Chadstone Shopping Centre.
Three people in Kilmore – 60km north of Melbourne – have also tested positive to COVID-19 after a case connected to the outbreak dined at Oddfellows Cafe.
Hundreds of people who visited the cafe between September 30 and October 3 are self-isolating.
Some 15,298 tests were conducted across Victoria on Wednesday, including about 500 in Kilmore.
The health department has been urging anyone who visited the cafe during the period to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.
“To the cafe owner, to staff, to every member of the Kilmore community who has come forward, thank you so much,” Mr Andrews said.
“Whether it be meticulous record-keeping at the cafe, all the way through to a really proactive, really strong and impressive performance by the local community to come forward and be tested, as well as many hundreds of people who are being isolated … that is no small thing and a very, very impressive achievement.”
He urged any Victorian with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested.
“It’s not the detection of a positive case that’s the problem – that’s exactly what we need,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s about the spread of this virus without us knowing – that’s what can set us back.”
There is also a new case in Mildura, though the premier noted it was a “very low positive” result.
“We have a high degree of confidence that that will be a false positive. But for the purposes of an abundance of caution, that is counted in our numbers,” Mr Andrews said.
The state’s death toll from the virus stands at 809 and the national figure is 897.
There are 17 Victorians battling the virus in hospital, including one person in intensive care.