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Victoria records 12 new local COVID-19 cases as authorities mull lockdown extension

Victoria has recorded 13 new local COVID-19 cases, all of which are linked to the current outbreak.

The new cases, announced on Monday morning, include one case that was already reported and released on Sunday.

Figures released by the Victorian Department of Health showed there had been 54,839 test results received and a total of 1,392,522 vaccines administered.

It comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said it was too early to tell whether there will be an extension of the state’s five-day COVID-19 lockdown.

The premier said on Sunday the state was not seeing any new chains of transmission opening up and the outbreak was unfolding as the government “hoped it would”.

“This lockdown won’t be on any longer than it needs to be,” Mr Andrews said.

When asked whether regional areas might be out of lockdown sooner than other places, the premier said he had no advice to shorten the lockdown for anybody.

On Saturday authorities estimated there were 10,000 “primary close contacts” in Victoria and by Sunday morning had identified 217 potential COVID-19 exposure sites across the state.

Some of the exposure sites and close contacts have spread to regional Victoria.

Sites of concern include pubs, clubs, restaurants, sporting venues, shopping centres, schools and gyms in metropolitan Melbourne, suburbs and multiple locations at Phillip Island, a two-hour drive south of Melbourne.

An international rugby match has also been listed as an exposure site.