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Regional hospital staffer tests positive as anti-lockdown protesters arrested

Ms Mikakos refused to speculate on the content of the announcement on Sunday, but said meetings had been held throughout the weekend to discuss the restrictions, including a potential reopening of schools.

The Victorian government has not made a final decision on schools, Ms Mikakos said, with the crisis council of cabinet set to meet later on Sunday to discuss reopening schools and possibly extending the state of emergency, which is set to end on Monday.

Police officers detain a man as protesters gather outside Victoria's Parliament House on Sunday.

Police officers detain a man as protesters gather outside Victoria’s Parliament House on Sunday.Credit:AAP

The minister also hinted that the Department of Health would continue undertaking a rigorous testing regime when the two-week testing blitz ends on Sunday night

Meanwhile, customers at Fawkner McDonald’s in Melbourne’s north have been urged to get tested if they experience coronavirus symptoms following the positive test of a second employee on Saturday.

And at least five people have been arrested as more than 100 gathered for an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne’s CBD.


Victoria recorded another 10 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the state’s tally to 1487 cases, including 118 still active.

Of the 10 new cases that emerged overnight, one is related to the outbreak at Cedar Meats, taking the total number of cases related to the Brooklyn abattoir to 76. Of the remaining positive tests, one person is in mandatory hotel quarantine and eight are still being investigated.

More than 150,000 Victorians have now been tested for COVID-19 as part of the government’s two-week blitz, with 20 testing positive.

“Although, we have made some very significant gains in recent weeks and I’m so grateful to the overwhelming majority of Victorians who have done the right thing,” Ms Mikakos said.

“We are on the right track but the pandemic is not finished yet. Even a very small number of unknown cases, particularly those cases of community transmission … can lead to exponential growth.”

Victoria Police on Saturday issued 49 fines and conducted 841 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services across the state as part of Operation Sentinel.

The breaches include five people from different addresses travelling in a vehicle together to get food, eight people drinking alcohol in a private residence, and multiple people committing criminal offences including theft, drug-related offending and graffiti.

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