Australia's Victoria state records slight rise in COVID-19 cases

Andrew Cummings
June 13, 2021

The state's deputy chief health officer, Professor Allen Cheng, said, "while it's the judgement of the public health team that we are in a position to ease restrictions, these new cases are really the strongest reminder that we are, by no means, out of the woods yet".

"The Government is taking a precautionary approach in continuing the pause, which will be reviewed again next Wednesday". The positive case was a man from the City of Melbourne.

Although the couple failed to go into mandatory quarantine on arrival into Queensland, Dr Young said she was grateful to them for their assistance in "so carefully" working with contact tracers to prepare a list of exposure sites.

Queensland declared Victoria a coronavirus hotspot from 1am on May 28. The couple may face criminal charges for breaching Covid-19 border restrictions.

A Melton couple has sparked a health scare across three Australian states after testing positive for COVID-19 following a road-trip from Victoria through country NSW to Queensland.

Following completion of the interview process by Queensland Health and NSW Health, the Victorian Department of Health commenced case interviews with the pair late on Thursday afternoon.

"So, from 11:59pm tomorrow night, metropolitan Melbourne will move to most of the same settings now in place across regional Victoria, and regional Victoria will move further towards further easing".

Anyone at the locations at the specified times should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, get tested and self-isolate until they return a negative result.

There is one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation to report today.

The latest case arrived in New Zealand on June 5, via Singapore, and was identified in routine day 3 testing.

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.

'(Masks) still reduce transmission substantially, people move in and out of indoor and outdoor areas all the time, and it is not always easy to judge how close others are, ' he said.

It is understood they planned to attend a funeral while in New Zealand.

Travellers on the flight needed to have returned a negative Covid-19 test within the past 72 hours, and sign a declaration saying they had not visited a place of interest. It is unclear at this stage whether they will face any charges in either New Zealand or Australia after breaching both countries' rules.

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