Relief in Melbourne as NO more coronavirus cases are discovered after worrying Holiday Inn cluster threatened to spread across the city – but states are still slamming their borders shut
Victoria has reported no new coronavirus cases on Thursday – with the two locally acquired cases announced being previously discovered on Wednesday.
The development is a relief for residents after a worrying cluster at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport threatened to expand – but has remained at eight cases.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human services announced a worker at the quarantine hotel is one of the cases and the other is a ‘previous resident who exited the facility on February 7’.
Quarantining hotel guest at the Holiday Inn near the Airport are moved to a new location in Melbourne on Wednesday. A review of the state’s hotel quarantine system is underway after two new cases of COVID-19 were linked to the hotel
Health authorities issued an urgent alert for two Melbourne banks where the infected returned traveller visited after being released from isolation on Sunday.
Anyone who attended the Commonwealth Bank in Glen Waverley from 1:30pm to 2:45pm on Tuesday, February 9, or the HSBC Bank in Glen Waverley from 2:15pm to 3:30pm on the same day, is considered a close contact and must self isolate and get tested immediately.
There may also be more exposure sites linked to the previous resident, DHHS has warned.
Genomic testing has confirmed the latest outbreak at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport is the highly contagious UK strain of the virus.
Also on Thursday morning, an urgent health warning was issued to shoppers after a Covid-infected person wandered around a Melbourne mall.
The infected person is understood to have walked around Sunbury Square Shopping Centre on Friday February 5 between 3.40pm and 4.30pm.
They are asking anyone who was also there at that time to urgently get tested and isolate until receiving negative result.
‘Individuals who attended the shopping centre outside of this timeframe are not considered at risk, but should monitor for symptoms and immediately present for testing if they become unwell,’ DHHS said.
In response to the outbreak returned travellers and 135 staff were forced to evacuate the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport.
Guests began the transfer process to the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne from 8am on Wednesday ‘to quarantine an extended number of days’.
An urgent health warning has been issued to shoppers after a Covid-infected person wandered around Sunbury Square Shopping Centre