The city is enduring new restrictions which has thrown the Australian Open into chaos after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive on Wednesday, with health chiefs fearing he has the highly-infectious mutant strain.
Now fears are growing over five people in New South Wales who were staying at another quarantine hotel, where the mutant UK strain slipped between hotel rooms.
Two groups at Melbourne’s Park Royal Hotel in adjacent rooms tested positive to the virus, despite having no contact with one another.
Passengers flying into Sydney from Victoria will undergo rigorous screening to ensure they have not come into contact with coronavirus in Melbourne. Pictured are travellers at Sydney Airport
Five people staying at the same hotel at the time are now in NSW, with officials concerned the virus spread through air-conditioning vents or around open doors.
NSW Health began screening passengers arriving on flights from Melbourne from Thursday morning.
Passengers will also have to complete passenger declaration with on-the-spot fines issued to anyone who provide false information.
Anyone who has been in Melbourne since January 30 is asked to check the Victorian health website, to check if they have attended a public exposure site.
If they have they should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days since being there, regardless of the result.
‘Passengers will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and asked if they have been to any of the venues of concern listed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services,’ NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said.
‘These Melbourne cases are timely reminder that COVID-19 can emerge at any time.’
Melbourne has been plunged into chaos after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive on Wednesday. Pictured are healthcare workers at Frankston Hospital
It comes as NSW recorded zero locally-acquired cases for a 18th consecutive day on Thursday.
Three new cases were recorded in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Queensland is also on high alert and monitoring the situation in Victoria very closely.
‘There is no decision at this time to close the border, but we are asking Queenslanders to reconsider travel to Victoria,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted on Thursday.
Anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne since January 29 and have since arrived in Queensland is urged to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
They’re also urged to check the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s list of venues of concern.
‘Advice from Victoria is that people who have been in those venues of concern should isolate for 14 days. Please follow that advice if you are in Queensland,’ a health alert states.
The Australian Open tennis grand slam has been thrown into chaos with 520 tennis stars, officials and support staff were identified as casual contacts. Pictured are players waiting to be tested at the View Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday
NSW, which currently has 50 active cases, remains on track to ease restrictions on February 12.
All hospitality venues, places of worship and other locations limited to the four square metre rule will be double their capacity under the new plans.
Masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor setting but must still be worn on public transport in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast.
Melbourne ended a 28-day streak of zero community transmissions after the hotel quarantine worker, 26, tested positive on Wednesday.
Two close contacts of the hotel quarantine worker have returned negative tests.
Despite the new case in Victoria, NSW remains on track to ease restrictions on February 12, including the wearing of masks. Pictured are light rail commuters boarding a tram in the CBD
The Australian Open, which was due to start Sunday has been thrown into chaos after 520 tennis stars, officials and support staff were identified as casual contacts of the infected case who worked at the Grand Hyatt hotel.
Another 600 close contacts who have worked with the man over the last two weeks have also been plunged into isolation, as the list of potential infection sites swells to 14 – including a Bunnings, Coles, Woolorths and a Kmart.
Household gatherings have been halved to just 15 and masks are once again are mandatory indoors.
The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday has been paused as part of the restrictions.
MELBOURNE VENUES ON ALERT
A number of venues have been put on alert, with customers and staff told to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.
Monday, February 1:
– Bunnings: Springvale – 11:28am to 12:15pm
-Nakama Workshop, Clayton South, 11.15am to noon
– Golf Academy: Heatherton – 5:19pm to 6:35pm
-Lululemon: DFO Moorabbin Airport- 5pm to 5.45pm
-Sharetea: Springvale: 6:50pm to 7:30pm
-Woolworths: Springvale- 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, January 31:
– Northpoint Café: Brighton – 8:10am to 9:30am
– Kmart: Parkmore Keysborough Shopping Centre – 4pm to 5pm
– Kmart: Brandon Park, 4:35pm to 5:10pm
– Coles: Springvale, 5pm to 6pm
Saturday, January 30:
– Club Noble: Noble Park – 2:36pm to 3:30pm
– Aces Sporting Club (Driving Range): Keysborough – 10pm to 11:15pm
Friday, January 29:
-Exford Hotel bottle shop, Melbourne- 11pm to 11.35pm
-Kebab Kingz: West Melbourne- 23:24pm to 00:15am