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‘Precarious situation’: Victoria records four new cases as state begins sixth lockdown

Two other cases are linked to the City of Maribyrnong outbreak, including one case who attends the Warringa Park specialist school in Hoppers Crossing.

“[This] school looks after some of our most vulnerable kids,” Mr Foley said.

The official health update also comes after Heathdale Christian College announced a year 6 student who attended the Werribee campus from August 3 to August 5 had tested positive for coronavirus.

Heathdale Christian College announced a year 6 student had tested positive for COVID-19.

Heathdale Christian College announced a year 6 student had tested positive for COVID-19.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

Parents at the school were informed in the early hours of Friday morning.

Victorian businesses to receive $400 million support package

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The support package will provide payments of $2800 to 95,000 businesses including gyms, cafes, caterers, dance studios, tourism businesses and others.

Victorian Jobs Minister Martin Pakula said he had spoken to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the Commonwealth has agreed to fund half of a state government support package for businesses affected by the state’s sixth lockdown.

“We are very grateful for that and support means that this package can be in the vicinity of $400 million for a seven-day lockdown which is above and beyond what we’ve been able to do in the past,” Mr Pakula said.

“It adds to the [around] $950 million in support we’ve paid to businesses through the May, June and July restriction periods.”

Victoria’s list of exposure sites will grow: Weimar

Victorian COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar has warned that the state’s exposure site list will grow across Friday.

“I please, urge all Victorians, to keep a beady eye on those exposures sites as more sites are coming through.

People line up for testing at Al-Taqwa College.

People line up for testing at Al-Taqwa College.Credit:Luis Ascui

“We think exposure sites will spread across a wider part of the city and potentially regional Victoria,” Mr Weimar said.

Victorian health authorities listed three new exposure sites late on Thursday: two Virgin Australia flights as well as one of the terminals at Melbourne Airport.

The new exposure sites are related to a 31-year-old Sydney man who tested positive after arriving in Melbourne on his way to Launceston on August 2.

Jeroen Weimar has warned that the state’s exposure site list will get longer.

Jeroen Weimar has warned that the state’s exposure site list will get longer.Credit:Justin McManus

Upon his arrival in Tasmania on Monday, it was discovered the man did not have a valid border pass and had also visited a high-risk area in NSW, so he was immediately placed in hotel quarantine.

On Tuesday, he was tested and took a taxi to the airport to fly home to NSW without waiting for his test result.

There are now 68 exposure sites listed, a new site having been added during Friday’s press conference. Newport 1881 Coffee and Pastries cafe in Newport was listed as a tier 2 site after a positive case visited the venue at 8.10am on September 28.

Police investigate anti-lockdown protesters

The daily figures come after protesters stormed the Melbourne CBD on Thursday evening calling for the resignation of Premier Daniel Andrews and for “freedom” just hours after the snap lockdown was announced.

Hundreds of people gathered in Flinders Street at 7pm and marched around the city, mostly mask-less, and some protesters armed with flares.

Police made 15 arrests and used pepper spray to quell protesters who were chanting “no lockdown”.

Hundreds of people protested lockdown in the CBD on Thursday evening.

Hundreds of people protested lockdown in the CBD on Thursday evening.Credit:NINE NEWS

Sixteen fines were handed out for breaching CHO directions. Some of those rules were engaged an hour after protesters started rallying.

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