COVID-19 coronavirus is seen in yellow, emerging from cells (in blue and pink) cultured in the lab. This image is from a scanning electron microscope.

The City of Melton has recorded another 11 COVID19 cases today (Wednesday), while Moorabool figures remain static.

Melton has now seen 145 known cases and 69 of those are still active.

Moorabool chalked up its fourth and fifth reported cases on Sunday and Monday, meaning that two are still active.

Up all, the neighbouring Wyndham area has recorded 362 cases – with 249 active – making it the second-worst affected Local Government Area behind Hume on 464 cases (235 active).

An outbreak at Al-Taqwa College in the Wyndham suburb of Truganina has now been linked to 150 cases.

Ballarat remains static on 11 (none active), Golden Plains Shire on 4 (3 active), Macedon Ranges on 12 (3 active) and Geelong on 76 (7 active).

Statewide, another 238 cases of COVID19 have been recorded today, bringing the total to 4448 since the pandemic began.

A woman in her 90s has died, taking the Victorian death toll to 27.

There are now 105 people with coronavirus in hospital including 22 in intensive care.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was likely there would be more deaths over the next week and it was important to drive the number of new cases down.

Police have also pleaded with people to abide by stage-three restrictions in the metropolitan area after 63 fines were issued on Tuesday as part of Operation Sentinel.

Of those, 21 were issued at checkpoints including one on the Western Freeway at Hopetoun Park.

At 3am today (Wednesday) two men were fined for breaches at Warrandyte in Melbourne’s outer east, after alleging they didn’t know how to fix a flat tyre – so they drove until it fell off. The Eltham driver is also facing drink-driving charges.

All up, 546 people have been fined in the last week, including 40 who were attending brothels and one sit-down diner who refused to leave a fast-food restaurant.

Anyone breaching the Chief Health Officer’s guidelines faces an on-the-spot fine of $1652 (or $9913 for businesses).

## Meanwhile Moorabool Council has closed face-to-face customer service desks at Ballan, Darley and the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh.

Occasional care and the Darley Early Years Hub are also closed, as well as senior citizens centres, the Quamby Room, the Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre, Bacchus Marsh Leisure Centre and the Darley Hub.

Committees of management are also not taking bookings for sports and events at local facilities.

## 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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