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Millions in Australia's second city ordered into snap Covid lockdown

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Testing sites have been inundated in Melbourne following the COVID-19 outbreak

As a result, New Zealand's hit pause for the third time on the travel bubble.

"The number of positive Covid-19 case numbers in Melbourne continues to rise and was at 34 at 1pm (NZ time) according to Health Victoria", says an MOH spokesperson.

The "circuit-breaker" is created to allow contact tracers to get on top of cases, with residents permitted to leave home only for essential reasons including getting vaccinated.

Anyone who has arrived in the ACT from Greater Melbourne in the past 14 days needs to fill out an online declaration form.

Contact tracers have locked down more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts of infected people.

Forty people have been identified as casual contacts.

All spectators sat on Level 1, between Aisles 5 and 28, and Level 3, between Aisles 6 and 29 are being asked to get tested and isolate immediately.

The full list of sites is available at COVID-19 Areas of Concern.

New Zealand officials are in close and regular contact with Victorian authorities after officials across the Tasman announced a week-long "circuit breaker" lockdown for Victoria.

"In the last day, we have seen 12 linked new cases, bringing the total number of cases linked to the hotel quarantine breach in South Australia to 26".

The stadium is one of a growing list of venues across Melbourne visited by positive cases, leaving state health officials rushing to test and trace across the city of five million, which endured a hard four-month lockdown after an outbreak previous year.

Are schools closed? Schools will close and move to remote learning for now, but can remain open for vulnerable children or the children of workers permitted to leave their homes.

Different requirements will be in place for border communities, NSW Health said.

15 local cases have been confirmed amid the latest breakout, placing the AFL on high alert after the 2020 season was forced into major changes due to the pandemic.

Anyone who has travelled to NZ after being in the greater Melbourne area since the 20th was now required to be tested and isolate, Bloomfield said.

Other Australian states are expected to limit movement from Victoria, with South Australia already blocking travellers from the state.

The lockdown has reinvigorated debate about the pace of Australia's vaccination rollout after the Victorian Health Minister confirmed that the elderly person on a ventilator was not one of the 50 per cent of over 70-year-olds who've been vaccinated. So far, less than 10% of the population has been vaccinated.

Nearly 20,000 of these people have received two doses.

"There is now a direct link to this website from both the Ministry of Health homepage and the Unite Against Covid-19 homepage".

Bulldogs players and staff were all tested on Tuesday and cleared of having COVID-19 after being linked to a growing outbreak in Melbourne.

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