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Record pace of Melbourne Covid outbreak and delayed vaccine rollout blamed for Victoria lockdown

Officials say a seven-day lockdown is needed because the coronavirus variant is spreading faster than contact tracers can keep up with

Victorian contact tracers are in danger of being overwhelmed by a Covid-19 outbreak “running faster than we have ever recorded”, the acting Victorian premier James Merlino said as he announced a seven-day circuit-breaker lockdown.

Merlino said on Thursday contact tracers were struggling to keep up despite quickly identifying more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts and 150 potential exposure sites, as the number of positive cases linked to the cluster reached 26.

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