Australia's Victoria on alert after first COVID-19 case in two months

Marco Green
May 12, 2021

Victoria has been put on high alert after detecting a Covid-19 case in the community on Tuesday.

"The important message is if you are in any one of those four tier 1 exposure sites go out and get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms", Dr Bartone said.

A Melbourne man in his 30s has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to his home in Melbourne's north on Tuesday following hotel quarantine in South Australia.

He returned to his home in Wollert in Melbourne's north on May 4 and was tested on Monday before health authorities confirmed his positive test this morning.

New Zealand health authorities said the public health risk from the new Melbourne case is low.

The man is expected to be transferred to mandatory quarantine once released from hospital. "Until that time, the Department is treating this as a positive case and acting accordingly", it said. The Ministry of Health says the risk to New Zealand is low.

Anyone that had visited a location of interest, listed on the Victoria's Department of Health website, should follow local instructions - or if in New Zealand, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible. "Anyone planning to travel to Melbourne and Victoria should take into account that advice from health authorities could change at any time and be prepared for their travel plans to be disrupted".

The man is isolating as are his household contacts who will be urgently tested.

The man is being interviewed and exposure sites are being verified.

CCTV footage is being rechecked to ensure there were no hotel quarantine breaches, and there are now new guests staying on the floor with the man who returned a positive test result had stayed.

Genomics testing will be conducted to determine if there is a link.

South Australian Chief Medical Officer Nicola Spurrier said "it didn't look like" the man was infectious while he was in South Australia.

The man had tested negative on all three testing occasions during his quarantine period.

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