Victoria records 10 new Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded 10 new locally acquired coronavirus cases overnight, all linked to a Thai restaurant. 

Victorian Minister for Health Martin Foley announced on Saturday the new cases brought the state total to 29. 

There were two cases recorded in hotel quarantine while all 10 locally acquired cases have been linked back to the Thai restaurant in Black Rock, Melbourne.

Mr Foley revealed a Victorian couple, who crossed state borders to visit a pub in regional NSW, had returned to Melbourne to isolate. 

The pair had been identified as close contacts of a case linked to the outbreak at Thai restaurant in Black Rock.

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They were warned by contact tracers - and told to isolate and get tested - though still travelled from Melbourne into regional NSW to enjoy a night away.   

The two Victorians visited the Great Southern Hotel in Eden, in the southern region of NSW, on December 30 from 5pm to 6.30pm. 

The pair then ate at Bermi's Beachside Cafe in Bermagui from about 9am to 10am on December 31. 

Victoria has recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases overnight after it was revealed two close contacts of a Covid-19 positive case ignored calls to self-isolate and crossed state borders to visit a New South Wales pub (pictured, Melbourne resident on New Year's Eve)

Victoria has recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases overnight after it was revealed two close contacts of a Covid-19 positive case ignored calls to self-isolate and crossed state borders to visit a New South Wales pub (pictured, Melbourne resident on New Year's Eve)

The two Victorians visited the Great Southern Hotel in Eden, in the southern region of NSW, on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm

The two Victorians visited the Great Southern Hotel in Eden, in the southern region of NSW, on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm

They had been contacted by health workers to tell them they were close contacts on December 30 when they were still in Victoria, and they later sought testing when in NSW.

'Please be advised we have been contacted by NSW Health and a confirmed Covid case visited the cafe for breakfast December 31 between 9-10am,' the cafe wrote on Facebook on Friday. 

Staff at the cafe are in isolation and will be tested for Covid-19. 

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'We are very confident in our Covid safety plan and have followed all rules in enforce these rules to help keep everyone safe,' the cafe said.  

Officially, five new cases were recorded in Victoria on Friday, but had been announced on Thursday, taking the state's new unexpected cluster linked to a Thai restaurant to eight.

But just hours later, another two cases were recorded - taking the cluster to ten.

Earlier on Friday, Victoria's testing chief Jeroen Weimar said 170 close contacts of the new coronavirus cases have been identified and are in self-isolation. 

Hundreds of drivers are facing lengthy queues to get back into the state from NSW before the hard border closure comes in at midnight. 

The border region also became a major point of contention on Friday, with the NSW far south coast towns of Eden and Bermagui also now on high alert.

The pair then ate at Bermi's Beachside Cafe in Bermagui from about 9am to 10am on Thursday

The pair then ate at Bermi's Beachside Cafe in Bermagui from about 9am to 10am on Thursday

The Melbourne coronavirus cluster grew to ten infections on Friday. The outbreak is linked to Sydney

The Melbourne coronavirus cluster grew to ten infections on Friday. The outbreak is linked to Sydney  

Hundreds of drivers are facing lengthy queues to get back into Victoria from NSW before the hard border closure comes in at midnight

Hundreds of drivers are facing lengthy queues to get back into Victoria from NSW before the hard border closure comes in at midnight

Victorians had been warned to not enter New South Wales.

In the state's west at Genoa one motorist on Friday reported a wait of almost six hours as a line of hundreds of cars snaked through a checkpoint. 

Growing coronavirus case numbers in NSW on Thursday prompted Victorian authorities to impose a hard border from midnight Friday. Anyone arriving after that time must spend a fortnight in quarantine.

The news sparked an urgent dash for the border by many Victorians holidaying outside the state.

Anyone crossing back on Friday needs to have a border permit and must isolate at home for 14 days.

Victorians are facing lengthy queues to cross the NSW border into their home state, as a COVID-19 quarantine deadline looms. Pictured: Police officers patrol and check for entry permits to Victoria at a border checkpoint on December 29, 2020

Victorians are facing lengthy queues to cross the NSW border into their home state, as a COVID-19 quarantine deadline looms. Pictured: Police

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