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Victoria records 14 new local COVID-19 cases, all linked to known outbreaks

Victoria has recorded just 14 local COVID-19 cases, all of them linked to known outbreaks.

The state’s department of health said 10 of the 14 cases recorded in Friday’s figures were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.

One of the four remaining cases has yet to be interviewed by contact tracers.

The lower figure adds to hopes Victoria’s extended restrictions may be eased as promised on 27 July.

Victoria on Thursday administered 14,302 vaccine doses.

Meanwhile, 41 workers at a Melbourne hospital have been temporarily stood down after a fellow staffer worked a shift while infectious.

The staffer worked one shift sterilising instruments at Casey Hospital during their infectious period but wore PPE and did not have any contact with patients, Professor Rhonda Stuart from Monash Health told ABC Radio Melbourne on Friday.

“We’re really comfortable that this is a very low risk exposure,” she said.

Meanwhile, a popular Melbourne market will reopen on Friday after a COVID-positive shopper forced it to shut.

One of the 26 new local cases reported in Victoria on Thursday spent almost 90 minutes at Prahran Market and Market Lane Coffee last Saturday.

The entire market was listed as a tier-one site exposure site, with about 900 people who visited during the time period required to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said on Thursday it was too early to say whether Victoria’s lookdown would end as planned at 11.59pm on 27 July, but he is confident authorities have a handle on the outbreak.

“I’m feeling like we’re certainly winning the race, it’s a question of just keeping going so hard to the finish line,” he said.

There are more than 19,000 primary close contacts self-isolating across the state, and about 400 exposure sites, with a shopping centre, Woolworths, Coles and cake shop in Malvern added as tier-two sites.