The City of Melton has recorded an extra seven COVID19 cases today (Tuesday), bringing the all-time total to 134. Of those, 58 are active.

Moorabool has seen no change on five cases – with 2 active.

But things are much more dire in the neighbouring Wyndham council, which has the second highest number of reported infections in Victoria (333). At the moment 231 are active.

Another Moorabool neighbour – the Golden Plains Shire – jumped by three today. For many months it had recorded only one case.

Today Victoria recorded another 257 coronavirus cases. Only 28 are linked to known outbreaks.

The largest outbreak – 147 people – has been at the al-Taqwa school in Truganina – a Wyndham suburb which borders the City of Melton.

There are 242 cases linked to housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne.

Currently 85 Victorians are in hospital, 26 in intensive care and 21 on ventilators.

Since the pandemic began, 26 Victorians have died – including a man and a woman in their 80s in hospital overnight.

More than 21,000 tests were carried out yesterday – and 1.1 million people have been tested so far.

##  Meanwhile, the State Opposition is calling urgently for new laws to crack down on people deliberately spreading COVID19

“Victorians have been shocked to see hard working police and other first responders spat at and threatened with the intention of infecting those with COVID-19, “ Shadow Attorney-General, Edward O’Donohue said.

“Other states, including New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have already put in place new measures and penalties, including jail time in certain circumstances, to deter and punish those who deliberately infect others with COVID19.

“When Parliament sat earlier this year to rush through the COVID-19 legislation, Daniel Andrews failed to act to send a clear message of deterrence.”

It comes as an extra 1000 Defence Force personnel pack their bags for Victoria, joining the 330 already here, working to reduce the spread of the virus.

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) said some personnel will drive ambulances, freeing up paramedics to work on patients in transit.

Personnel will help police at checkpoints, help conduct random compliance checks, provide food to people locked down in public housing towers and will take over the operation of some testing sites.

On Monday, Police issued 133 fines for breaches.

Of those, 22 were at vehicle checkpoints on main arterials heading out of the metro area.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000

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