Victoria records another day of zero new coronavirus cases
Victoria has recorded another day of no new locally acquired coronavirus cases.
There were also no new cases detected in hotel quarantine in the past 24 hours.
The number of active cases in the state is currently 21.
More than 14,000 test results have been received since yesterday.
The community has been on alert after a man working at an Australian Open quarantine hotel tested positive to the more-contagious UK strain of the virus on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Noble Park man’s positive test prompted a snap tightening of coronavirus restrictions.
He had earlier returned a negative test on his last day working at the hotel.
Genomic sequencing on Friday confirmed the worker had acquired the more infectious B117 variant of the virus.
By late on Friday, all of the man’s 17 primary close contacts had returned negative tests.
They are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period, and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned they could still test positive later in their isolation.
Yesterday, Professor Sutton said it would be some time before Victoria was in “safe territory”.
“A zero day is a great day any day, but in particular with this strain, first identified in the UK, having no positive results out of those exposure sites and numerous primary close contacts is very encouraging,” Professor Sutton said.
“But … it is early days. So, we do need to see that full 14 days of the incubation period play out before we can be absolutely happy that we’re in safe territory.”