Melbourne enforces COVID restrictions as fifth case detected.
Melbourne will be enforcing restrictions from 6pm tonight as the city scrambles to get on top of an outbreak in the northern suburbs that has today grown to five.
The new case is a man in his 60s and is a close contact of the first infection, Acting Premier James Merlino said.
No more than five people will be allowed in a private home, public gatherings will be limited to 30 people and face masks indoors will be required for those aged 12 and over.
Restrictions return as COVID cluster in Melbourne's north grows https://t.co/JXZIrG3yF5— ABC News (@abcnews) May 24, 2021
Schools and workplaces will remain open.
Genomic sequencing has confirmed the outbreak is "closely linked" to the Wollert cluster from earlier this month, which originated in South Australia hotel quarantine.
The family cluster - involving a man in his 30s, a man in 70s, a woman in 70s and a pre-school aged child from three households in the Whittlesea area - emerged on Monday.
New exposure sites linked to community cases of COVID-19 have been published.— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) May 24, 2021
See the full list here: https://t.co/SQ5trZH2NI
The sites are located in Epping, Reservoir and Brunswick, as well as Bundoora and Maribyrnong (Highpoint Shopping Centre) from earlier today. pic.twitter.com/XdrIUMUocP