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Melbourne Covid outbreak: federal government knocks back Victoria’s request for more financial support

Victorian authorities have identified more than 15, 000 close contacts and 121 exposure sites in the latest coronavirus outbreak

Josh Frydenberg has dead-batted Victoria’s request for federal financial assistance after the state recorded four new Covid-19 cases on its first full day of a planned one-week lockdown.

The lockdown, which has resulted in 15,000 Victorians being identified as primary and secondary contacts who have been told to isolate, has already caused a surge of requests for commonwealth pandemic leave disaster payments.

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