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Third case of coronavirus incorrectly confirmed in Greater Shepparton

By Madi Chwasta

UPDATE, MARCH 25, 11.10AM: The Victorian Government's health department incorrectly confirmed a third case of coronavirus in Greater Shepparton yesterday.

There are only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region and a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said the correction would be made today.

UPDATE, 7.10PM: Department of Health and Human Services press release confirmed a third positive case of COVID-19 in the Greater Shepparton region this afternoon, however GV Health have said this information "appears to be an error".

GV Health CEO Matt Sharp said in a Facebook post on his public profile late yesterday afternoon there were two confirmed cases in Greater Shepparton, refuting information provided by the state government's health department.

"I can advise at this time the third reported case appears to be an error," the post said.

"I can confirm there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time as detailed in my previous posts.

"Further clarification will follow from the Department of Health and Human Services tomorrow regarding the reported third case."

EARLIER: Greater Shepparton has reported its third positive case of COVID-19, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services today.

The region's second case was confirmed yesterday, and the first on Sunday.

An update from the Department of Health and Human Services said the total number of cases in Victoria had risen to 411, with 41 in regional Victoria.

Multiple cases have occurred in the regional local government areas of Greater Geelong (10), Ballarat (4), Greater Shepparton (3), Baw Baw (2), Surf Coast (2), Warrnambool (2), Macedon Ranges (2), Mitchell (3), and Mount Alexander (3).

Bass Coast, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Latrobe, Mildura, Moira, Moorabool, South Gippsland, Wellington and Yarriambiack all recorded one case.

At this point in time there are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

More than 25,000 Victorians have been tested to date.

A number of cases remain under investigation.

More to come.