AFL fans ordered to get tested over positive Covid case at MCG

As more cases and exposure sites emerge from Melbourne's latest COVID-19 scare, fears of another snap lockdown have seen supermarkets stripped bare again.

The stadium is one of a growing list of venues across Melbourne visited by positive cases, leaving state health officials rushing to test and trace across the city of five million, which endured a hard four-month lockdown after an outbreak past year.

On Tuesday evening the Department of Health Victoria issued text messages to supporters seated in the vicinity of the positive case classifying them as close contacts and advising them to get tested. People with a bay between M1 and M16 listed on their ticket will be contacted directly by the Department of Health with instructions to get tested and isolate for 14 days.

Returned travellers from Victoria are being urged to check COVID-19 hotspots in Greater Melbourne after four cases of community transmission were recorded yesterday (24 May).

Australia's second biggest city is scrambling to contain a growing Covid outbreak, with 15 cases identified so far.

Australia - which has recorded about 30,000 cases and fewer than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 - has so far administered about 3.7 million vaccination doses in a population of 25 million, but hopes to finish its vaccine rollout by the end of the year.

The Bombers will fly to Perth ahead of Saturday's game against West Coast, while Carlton will depart for Sydney ahead of Sunday's match against the Swans.

Testing sites across Melbourne are in for a busy day with wait times ballooning to two hours on Wednesday morning.

Under government guidelines, they will all be tested on arrival in the WA capital and isolate until they receive a negative result.

The outbreak ends Victoria's run of zero cases for almost three months and prompted New Zealand to suspend quarantine-free travel with the state for 72 hours from Tuesday evening, while the neighbouring state of South Australia has imposed travel restrictions.

A Bulldogs staff member visiting a shopping centre when it was a coronavirus-exposed site.

Pending negative test results being received overnight on Tuesday, the Bulldogs expected players and staff to return to training on Wednesday.