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Victoria reports 1,220 new local COVID-19 cases and three deaths

Victoria has reported 1,220 new locally acquired coronavirus cases and three deaths in the past 24 hours from 71,275 tests.

The total number of active cases has now grown to 11,785.

The spiralling COVID-19 outbreak has crept into a Melbourne immigration detention centre, putting more than 200 refugees at risk.

Among Saturday’s cases was a contracted service provider at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows, the Australian Border Force confirmed.

Contact tracing, quarantining, testing and deep cleaning is underway at the facility, which as of June housed 239 people.

It is unclear how many of those have been vaccinated, with an ABF official saying “consenting detainees” had been offered the jab since a vaccine rollout began at the facility in early August.

News of the case comes as more than 100 people were arrested and fined on Saturday when protesters again took to the streets of Melbourne, a day after the state government announced a big expansion of its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday announced all Victorian authorised workers must have their first vaccine dose by October 15 and a second by November 26 to keep working on site, as part of a new statewide mandate.

Meanwhile, state treasurer Tim Pallas announced $196.6 million in cash grants for 70,000 businesses in Melbourne, Geelong and Mitchell impacted by the construction shutdown from September 21 to October 4.

The industry has been closed for two weeks due to concern over rising case numbers, transmission and poor compliance at building sites, but it will reopen on Tuesday to workers vaccinated with at least one dose.