Another 77 people in Victoria have been diagnosed with coronavirus and the state has recorded its single biggest increase in community transmission to date.

Of the new cases, 13 are linked to outbreaks, 37 were discovered through routine testing and 27 are still under investigation.

None of the new infections are from hotel quarantine.

It’s the fourth-highest daily increase in Victoria to date, and the largest daily increase since March.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said 31 of the state’s infections had been classed as community transmission, bringing the total to 332.

Locally acquired cases are classified as community transmission if, after investigation by the health department, no source of infection can be found.

Due to the time taken to investigate the source, the 31 additional community transmission cases are not necessarily a part of the 77 new infections announced today.

Professor Sutton said the new cases were “largely in the hot zones … but not exclusively”.

SOURCE – RADIO NEW ZEALAND

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