Six new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed on Wednesday - bringing the total number of cases in Victoria to 27.
The new cases include six men aged between 30-70. All cases are recovering at home in isolation.
Of the six new cases, five have a history of international travel. One is a close contact of a confirmed case.
One additional case is an existing case from NSW now counted in Victorian statistics, as they are a Victorian resident.
"This situation is evolving rapidly, and we expect to see more and more cases of COVID-19," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
"For the virus to spread, extended close personal contact is most likely required. But visitors to locations where cases have been should be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Close personal contact is at least 15 minutes face-to-face or more than 2 hours in the same room.
"At the moment, we urge the public to be mindful and take steps to minimise the risk of COVID-19, but
Victorians should continue to go about their daily lives as normal.
"Everyone also has a role to play in protecting yourself and your family. Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you are ill, stay at home."
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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.
The table below is a summary of public exposure sites for the current COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
Anyone who was at any of these sites should be aware of their health and seek medical advice if they become unwell.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for public information on COVID-19 which is 1800 675 398.
Large numbers of calls will result in some delays and we ask Victorians for their patience as we work to manage the volume.
Further information is also available at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus
SEE THE POSSIBLE EXPOSED LOCATIONS BELOW