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Quarter of state’s active COVID-19 cases fall in two areas of Melbourne’s west

The Department of Health and Human Services data shows there are 15 active coronavirus cases among Brimbank residents and 11 active cases among Wyndham residents.

The Cedar Meats plant, site of Victoria's biggest COVID-19 cluster.

The Cedar Meats plant, site of Victoria’s biggest COVID-19 cluster.Credit:Chris Hopkins

An active case is someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks but has not yet recovered.

Of the 114 active cases statewide, 98 are in metropolitan Melbourne and four are in rural or regional Victoria (one in Ballarat, one in Macedon Ranges, one in Moorabool and one in Wellington).

There is at least one active coronavirus case in 31 of the state’s 79 populated local government areas.

There are also two people with coronavirus infections in Victoria who typically live interstate, one person for whom this information has not been determined and nine cases where this information was not stated.

This data does not necessarily tell you where an infected person lives, nor where they were exposed to the virus, or if the active cases are currently residing in these areas.

Since the start of the outbreak there have been 1454 coronavirus cases confirmed in Victoria, and about 90 per cent of those infected have since made a full recovery.

The health department released data on the number of active coronavirus cases in each local government area for the first time on Thursday. For the previous six weeks, the most detailed data provided for each municipality has been the total number of confirmed cases.

This new data provides a better view of where cases are being recorded, as in many areas where cases were confirmed in March and April the infection rate has slowed. For example, 63 cases have been confirmed in Greater Geelong since the start of the outbreak, but there are no active cases in the area.

Other areas with no current active cases include Monash (45 in total), Moonee Valley (36), Bayside (31) and Manningham (29).

During March and April the places with the most active cases were affluent areas in Melbourne’s inner east, such as Stonnington and Glen Eira, but the data show’s the main infection locations have moved to the city’s west, to Brimbank and Wyndham.

Stonnington remains the local government area where the highest number of cases has been confirmed, with 90. However, just three of these are active cases.

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