Coronavirus cluster at Melbourne McDonald’s store grows to EIGHT – as its 92 workers are urgently tested and restaurant reopens after deep clean

A coronavirus cluster at a Melbourne McDonald’s store has jumped to eight.  

The outbreak grew at the Fawkner fast food outlet, in Melbourne’s north, grew six cases after two close contacts of employees tested positive overnight.

The McDonald’s restaurant opened for business on Thursday morning following a deep clean but 92 staff members remain in isolation.   

It’s understood the infections are linked to an employee who worked at the store until May 8, before testing positive to COVID-19.  

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The fast food restaurant in Fawkner, Victoria closed on Saturday after two other employees were diagnosed with COVID-19 

The close contacts of those infected have been contacted and will be required to self-isolate for the next 14 days. 

The cluster comes after another outbreak in Melbourne when 85 members of staff tested positive at an abattoir called Cedar Meats.

Cedar Meats has also been closed, as Victoria increases testing throughout the state.  

An investigation into how the virus broke out at Cedar Meats is ongoing.

The cluster comes after another outbreak in Melbourne with Cedar Meats recording a total of 85 employees testing positive 

A nurse takes a swab at one of Victoria’s Mobile Testing Sites at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne this month.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,980

New South Wales: 3,059

Victoria: 1,514

Queensland: 1,052

Western Australia: 553

South Australia: 439

Tasmania: 227

Australian Capital Territory: 107

Northern Territory: 29

TOTAL CASES: 6,980

RECOVERED: 6,271

DEAD: 98

Victorians started enjoying new freedoms on Wednesday as many parks, reserves, beaches and historic sites re-open for day trips.

People can also host up to five family members or friends at home.

Outdoor groups cannot be larger than 10, social-distancing must still be observed and overnight stays remain off the cards.

Major tourist drawcards including the Twelve Apostles are still closed.

Eased restrictions also mean weddings can have up to 10 guests and indoor funerals 20 mourners, as well as up to 30 outdoors.

Schools will also start going back from May 26, with all grade levels expected to be back in class from June 9. 

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