Coronavirus: Three new community COVID-19 cases in Victoria as cluster increases to 63

Melbourne's lockdown was extended on Wednesday.
Melbourne's lockdown was extended on Wednesday. Photo credit: Getty Images

There are three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the state's Department of Health has announced.

The outbreak now comprises 63 cases, and health officials have identified more than 370 exposure sites as Melbourne prepares to enter its second week in lockdown.

Of the three new community cases reported on Thursday, one is an 89-year-old resident at the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility. Their infection was revealed on Wednesday afternoon.

The results were detected among 57,519 test results received on Wednesday, beating the previous record of 56,624 test results in a single day, set last Friday.

Another 23,921 vaccination doses were administered at vaccination stations in Victoria on Wednesday.

At midnight (local time), regional Victoria will ease restrictions while Melbourne stays in lockdown for another week.

The neighbouring state of New South Wales is also on high alert after a swathe of new exposure sites were added.

Residents may have been exposed to the virus when a Melbourne family who later tested positive for COVID-19 visited the region while potentially infectious.

After all four members of the family returned positive results, health officials extended the period they may have been infectious back to Wednesday, May 19.