Perth to enter lockdown after Victorian man catches COVID-19 in quarantine hotel, passes to friend in Kardinya23rd April 2021
Victorian health authorities declared terminal 1 at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport a tier-two exposure site on Friday evening.
Anyone who passed through the terminal between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 21 is being told to isolate, get tested and remain isolated until they receive a negative result.
Contact tracing is also under way for the 250 individuals on flight QF778, which has been declared a tier-one exposure site, and passengers are being told to isolate, get tested and remain isolated for 14 days.
There were eight Qantas crew members on Wednesday’s flight who are now in isolation.
When contacted by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Airport said it was waiting for more advice from the Department of Health around whether terminals or businesses would be deep cleaned and if airport staff were considered close contacts as a result of the new case.
Mr Foley said the case has brought Victoria’s long run of zero local transmission to an end, as the positive test result is attributed to the state’s tally.
According to the Department of Health, on Thursday Victoria had reached 55 days in a row with no local COVID-19 cases.
“This is an important and timely reminder this global pandemic is not over,” Mr Foley said.
“Victorians have been down this path. We know the drill … We will do the right thing to keep this [to] one case, at the moment.”
Ahead of Friday’s announcement of a local COVID-19 case, health authorities had reported two new cases in Victoria’s hotel quarantine system and that 5383 vaccine doses had been administered across the state on Thursday, taking the total number of doses given by Victorian authorities to 182,426. More than 13,000 test results were received in the state on Thursday.
According to national data released on Thursday, 947,504 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been delivered in primary care settings since the start of the rollout.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was ramping up, as Australia approached 1 million vaccinations administered by GPs.
“The enlistment, as was always the plan, of the GPs in the vaccination rollout has just been going from strength to strength,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
Asked if the rollout should be sped up in light of recent instances of transmission among quarantined returned travellers in Perth and Sydney, Mr Morrison said “no system is completely foolproof” but he was happy with the performance of Australia’s system and how it allowed Australians to live a relatively normal life during the pandemic.
“[It is] not always perfect, but I got to tell you, compared to the rest of the world it rates extremely highly,” he said.
With Mary Ward
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