Victoria COVID-19 Response Commander Jeroen Weimar says Victoria is continuing to “strengthen” the response to the state’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak, with several new testing measures announced.
Victoria has recorded 43 positive cases related to two chains of transmission, all of which are linked to the Sydney outbreak.
The state has opened several new testing centres in response to the 160 exposure sites currently identified.
Mr Weimar said Victoria has also strengthened the freight response in order to allow the freight industry to comply with the three-day testing requirement for interstate drivers and an additional Port of Melbourne site opened to cater for rail and dock freight drivers.
Victoria is currently trialling early opening times across certain testing centres, with 14 sites opening at 7am Saturday morning.
The state is also working in conjunction with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Doherty Institute to deploy mobile testing vans with rapid response capability.