Seventh active case in the Latrobe Valley

Staff writers

A seventh active case of coronavirus has been recorded in the Latrobe Valley.

It featured among 397 fresh COVID-19 cases across Victoria announced on Saturday.

Thirty-seven of the new cases are linked to outbreaks while 360 cases are under investigation.

Three more people have died, taking the state’s death toll to 116.

As of today, there are 5919 active cases in Victoria with 379 in hospital.

There are 20 active cases across Gippsland, with seven in Latrobe, five in Bass Coast, four in South Gippsland, three in Baw Baw and one in East Gippsland.

The news of the latest case came after the Department of Health released active case figures by postcode for the first time on Friday night.

Of the six active cases to that point five were located in 3844 (Blackwarry, Callignee, Callignee North, Callignee South, Carrajung, Carrajung Lower, Carrajung South, Flynn, Flynns Creek, Koornalla, Loy Yang, Mount Tassie, Traralgon, Traralgon East, Traralgon South, Tyers).

The other was in 3840 (Driffield, Hazelwood, Hazelwood North, Hazelwood South, Jeeralang, Jeeralang Junction, Maryvale, Morwell).

More than 1.6 million tests have been completed across the state.

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday that 49 “mystery” cases were added to the total number of cases across the state without a clear source.

He said health authorities are concerned about a rise in community transmission.

“Forty-nine doesn’t seem a very large number but that can mean there are many more than 49 out there that have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, they can be at the height of their infectivity, and be infecting other people even unbeknown to them,” Mr Andrews said.

“Those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.”

All regional Victorians will be required to wear a mask or face covering in public from 11.59pm tonight.