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Victoria records 24 new local coronavirus cases for second day in a row

Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

Twenty of the new infections announced on Wednesday are linked to known outbreaks and 18 have been in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period.

The new caseload came from 39,832 tests.

There are 246 active cases in the state and more than 520 exposure sites.

It comes as the state’s police union boss says officers don’t want to enforce a ban on playgrounds.

Police Association Victoria Secretary Wayne Gatt has expressed concern about the lasting effect of enforcing “unpopular and deeply restrictive rules for a prolonged period” on community views of the force.

“Police are now tasked with enforcing a curfew that no one has welcomed, and to prevent families from going to playgrounds that bring them joy,” he wrote in an opinion piece published in the Herald Sun on Wednesday.

“I hope that our members do not have to ever actively enforce this ban on playgrounds.”

Outdoor playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks, and exercise equipment in Melbourne were closed this week in a bid to contain the state’s Delta variant outbreak.

The city’s 9pm to 5am curfew has also been reimposed this week.

About 50 children in Victoria aged 10 and under are fighting the virus, including a child in intensive care who is in a stable condition.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said his team was probing a potential case of playground transmission, along with a “more definitive” link between students from different classes who walked home together.

With AAP.

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