Victoria has recorded 75 fresh Covid-19 cases, bringing the Australian state's confirmed total to 2099.
In other places in Australia: New South Wales - residence to Sydney, and Australia's worst strike state considering that the starting of the pandemic - recorded just 7 new each day situations as of 8 p.m. regional time Sunday, in accordance to its health and fitness office. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who has indicated that some of those areas might need to return to stricter lockdown measures, has blamed some clusters on large family gatherings that have broken social distancing restrictions.
"What I can say is that numerous cases that have come through today are overwhelmingly concentrated in those priority suburbs", she said.
The news comes amid a coronavirus spike in Melbourne, with today's announcement being the highest watermark since March.
He noted that are now 2,500 close contacts of confirmed cases in Victoria, adding: "We're at the limits of managing that number".
Australia has been one of the stand-out performers globally in limiting the spread of the virus, but the flare-up in Victoria is raising concerns about a second wave that could potentially set back the lifting of some restrictions and slow the nation's economic recovery.
One of these cases is a returned traveller quarantining in a hotel, while 37 are from routine testing at clinics, 14 have been linked to established outbreaks, and the remaining 23 cases are under investigation.
"There is a balancing act in terms of making the call on a lockdown", Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
"We will be sending and have already started sending an emergency alert to residents of the suburbs of Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows", Dr van Diemen told reporters. "It is a concerning number".