Victoria records no local COVID cases

The state’s health department confirmed one new infection in a returned traveller hotel quarantine on Thursday.More than 30,000 Victorians were tested in the past 24 hours – slightly down from Wednesday’s staggering number of almost 40,000 swabs.The health department said the number of active cases remained at 25, made up of 17 locally acquired cases and eight cases in hotel quarantine.The total number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn – the cluster that sent Victoria back into a third lockdown – remains at 19.It comes as the department revealed a “weak positive” test result had been recorded in a man from an aged care facility.The case, which wasn’t added to Wednesday’s daily numbers of zero locally acquired infections, remains under investigation by health authorities.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says while ‘everyone loves a day in the zeros,” the danger for Victoria is ‘not over yet’ because thousands of people exposed to the coronavirus may test positive over the next 14 days.
The health department confirmed on Wednesday night it had been notified of a weak positive test result in a man who presented to hospital from the Twin Parks Aged Care facility in Reservoir.The department said the man was a positive case from August last year.They said he had no links to any cases from the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn cluster and the test result was thought to be “persistent shedding from a previous infection”.The state’s snap five-day lockdown was lifted overnight, with restrictions removed around why Victorians can leave their homes and the removal of the 5km travel limit.But masks will still be required indoor and outdoors where social distancing cannot take place, only five visitors are allowed to private homes and public gatherings have been capped at 20.
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