Published: Mon, June 14, 2021
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Victoria on track for further easing of Covid curbs

Victoria on track for further easing of Covid curbs

SYDNEY, June 11 ― Australia's Victoria state reported zero locally acquired cases of Covid-19 for the first time in almost three weeks today as state capital Melbourne came out of a snap two-week lockdown after an outbreak that has seen about 90 cases since May 24.

Mr Foley said contact tracers were looking at a number of cases that have contracted the virus near a Thomastown industrial precinct, just south of the Metropolitan Ring Road. "This case has done all the right things from our initial interviews, the individual recognised that they had symptoms, got tested and had a test result all within the same day", Mr Foley said.

Victoria's Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimer said the sharp decline in those numbers was "a little bit concerning" - days after urging Victorians to "call out" people if they went out with the sniffles.

But officials still haven't sourced six "mystery cases".

Mr Foley said all necessary measures to trace the case were being taken.

The group travelled from Australia to New Zealand via Sydney and failed to declare that they had initially come from Melbourne, Victoria.

"What I'm a little bit concerned about is being well-advanced now - we're nearly two and a half to three weeks into this outbreak - but we're still finding new branches", he said.

Sunny's at Moffat Beach was one of the venues on the Sunshine Coast the couple visited.

Victorian COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar.

The New Zealand Government has extended the pause on the transtasman bubble with the Australian state of Victoria for a further seven days.

NSW, the country's most populous state, has not reported any locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in more than a month, while Queensland last reported cases in late March.

There were two new cases of Covid yesterday and one person with coronavirus is being treated at Middlemore Hospital after being transferred from the Jet Park Hotel MIQ facility overnight on Monday.

On Saturday, Woolworths Melbourne Square, McDonald's Freshwater Place, Medibank in Docklands and the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank were also added as tier 2 exposure sites, with the Boyd Community Hub Maternal Child & Family Health Services listed as a more concerning tier 1 exposure site.

They will not need to isolate or be tested once they land in New Zealand.

They were caught at the border and tested negative for the virus.

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