Postcode data reveals suburbs in Melbourne's north and west are growing coronavirus hotspots

| 07.08,20. 02:46 AM |

Postcode data reveals suburbs in Melbourne's north and west are growing coronavirus hotspots

Defence Force personnel have been doorknocking to check on Victorians who are supposed to be self-isolating after contracting coronavirus.(ABC News: Chris Le Page)

New figures show Melbourne's northern and western suburbs continue to bear the brunt of Victoria's active COVID-19 cases.

There are now 15 postcodes with more than 100 active cases, with postcode 3029 topping the list with 459 active cases.

The postcode takes in the suburbs of Truganina, Tarneit and Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne's west, with the number of active cases rising by 113 from 346 last Friday.

Truganina is home to Al-Taqwa College, the school which had been linked to scores of cases.

There are 7,449 active coronavirus cases in Victoria, including 1,533 linked to aged care, including residents and staff.

The postcode with the second-highest number of cases is 3064 in Melbourne's north, which includes the suburbs of Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park and Donnybrook.

It has 331 active cases, up from 286 last week.

Suburbs in the postcode 3030, which includes Werribee and Point Cook, are continuing to grow, with the area recording 327 active coronavirus cases.

Other hotspot postcodes include 3021, which encompasses St Albans, Albanvale, Kealba and Kings Park.

It has 262 COVID-19 cases, up from 221 last week.

The postcode 3023, which takes in Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Ravenhall, Cairnlea and Burnside in Melbourne's west, has 200 active cases, up from 177 last week.

In postcode 3020, which includes Sunshine, Sunshine West and Albion, there are 190 cases and in 3037, which includes Sydenham, Delahey, Taylors Hill and Calder Park, there are 156 active cases.

Other postcodes with more than 100 cases include 3076, which includes Epping, with 152. The suburb is home to the Epping Gardens aged care centre.

Postcode 3175, in Melbourne's south-east, including Dandenong and Bangholme, has 147 active infections.

Others to have more than 100 cases are 3073 in Reservoir with 116 cases; 3031, including Kensington and Flemington, with 113 cases; 3024, which includes Wyndham Vale and Mount Cottrell, with 110 cases; 3337, taking in areas of Melton and Toolern Vale, with 105 cases and 3338, which takes in parts of Melton and Brookfield and has 105 cases.

Fawkner, in postcode 3060, has 96 active infections. The St Basil's aged care facility is in this suburb.

Postcode 3000, covering central Melbourne, has 51 cases.

Outside metropolitan Melbourne, postcode 3250, which includes the south-west town of Colac, has 75 cases, up from 69 on Friday. Most Colac cases are linked to the Australian Lamb Company meatworks.

Scores of postcodes in regional Victoria have no cases.

Health authorities say the postcode data records the registered address the patient gave to authorities and may not necessarily be where they currently reside.


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