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25 March 2020
Health authorities have confirmed the first coronavirus case in Northern Grampians Shire.
The case is the second recorded in the region, with Yarriambiack Shire recording a case on Sunday.
The Department of Health and Human Services added Northern Grampians to a regional list of municipalities where medical staff have confirmed cases.
Horsham, Ararat, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh and Buloke municipalities have yet to record a confirmed case.
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Of the 466 recorded cases in Victoria, which represents an increase of 55 from yesterday, 386 have been in metropolitan Melbourne and 47 in regional Victoria.
Multiple cases have occurred in the regional municipalities of Greater Geelong, 11; Ballarat, 5; Baw Baw, 2; Greater Shepparton, 2; Surf Coast, 2; Warrnambool, 2; Latrobe, 2; Macedon Ranges, 2; Mitchell, 4; and Mount Alexander, 3.
Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Mildura, Moira, Moyne, Moorabool, South Gippsland, Wellington, alongside Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack have recorded one case.
The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support.
All close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days. All people arriving from any international destination must also self-isolate for 14 days as per Commonwealth Government direction. While most Victorians are voluntarily complying with requests to isolate, police have strong powers to enforce the direction if required.
Under the State of Emergency, people who don’t comply with a directive could receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.