Breaking: A worker at an H&M store who attended a Black Lives Matter protest has tested positive for the virus.

The worker may have been contagious with the virus for several days at the store before being tested.

The worker had been at the Northland Shopping Centre store in Melbournes north. The store has now shut down for deep cleaning.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed to a media conference today the employee worked two shifts at the store last week while infectious. 

“The advice that I have is the person was not infectious at the protest,” heath minister Mikakos said.

“They did attend the protest with a number of friends and those individuals will also be tested as part of the contact tracing that occurs.”

There were 18 covid cases in Victoria today.

Community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria remains, with 18 new cases recorded taking the state’s total to 1780.

Of the 18 new cases, six are return travellers are in hotel quarantine. Of the remaining cases, one is linked to a known outbreak, eight to community testing and three under investigation.

There are now 81 active cases in Victoria.