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Australia Victoria records three new coronavirus cases linked to Holiday Inn outbreak

05:31  19 february  2021
05:31  19 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

Melbourne rocked by ANOTHER positive coronavirus case

  Melbourne rocked by ANOTHER positive coronavirus case A guest of Melbourne's hotel quarantine at the Holiday Inn has tested positive to coronavirus after completing their 14-day isolation, sparking a "strong public health response".The Victorian Department of Health tweeted on Tuesday afternoon they have been notified of the new case who was cleared to leave the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport on Sunday.

Victorian health authorities investigate suspected coronavirus transmission within the state's hotel quarantine system, after three cases emerged from the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport. He said COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria was still considering what should be done to address the risk of infection among returned travellers still staying at the Holiday Inn . Mr Foley said the cases appeared to be linked to one specific floor of the hotel, and that floor was no longer accepting new residents.

The first case of coronavirus detected in Australia was on 25 January 2020 in Victoria , Scott Morrison declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national pandemic on 27 February and World Health Organisation a global pandemic on 12 March 2020. Check this page for the latest updates specifically tailored for Melbourne city, greater Melbourne and regional areas of VIC . The returned traveller blamed for Victoria 's Holiday Inn outbreak says he has been made to "feel like a criminal" after using a nebuliser to treat his asthma while in hotel quarantine.

a tall building: Two returned travellers who stayed at the Holiday Inn and one of their household members have tested positive to COVID-19. (ABC News: Billy Draper) © Provided by ABC Health Two returned travellers who stayed at the Holiday Inn and one of their household members have tested positive to COVID-19. (ABC News: Billy Draper)

A coronavirus outbreak linked to the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport has grown to 22 cases, after three new locally acquired COVID-19 infections were recorded in Victoria.

Victoria's Department of Health received 21,292 coronavirus test results yesterday.

All three new cases are linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak and have been in quarantine at home during their infectious period, the department said.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the new cases were from the same household and included an adult and a child who were residents on level three of the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport quarantine hotel.

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The coronavirus outbreak linked to the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport has grown to eight cases , after two more infections were recorded on Wednesday. Key points: The new cases include a person who had completed hotel quarantine and a worker. Mr Andrews said there were no specific concerns about ventilation at the Holiday Inn hotel, and stressed it was being closed for "terminal cleaning" — a deep clean that would normally be performed after guests have left the hotel.

Three more cases were identified earlier in the day, all linked to the outbreak . One of Thursday's new cases is understood to be an assistant manager at the Holiday Inn , Victoria 's coronavirus testing commander Jeroen Weimar said. "She was already a primary close contact, she Two other cases emerged on Wednesday afternoon, including a returned traveller and a hotel quarantine worker, which were listed in the state's coronavirus figures for Thursday. The outbreak now consists of three family members, four hotel workers, two household primary close contacts and two returned travellers.

The outbreak began when a returned traveller staying on level three used a nebuliser medical device, which authorities believe enabled the virus to more easily spread through the air and infect others.

Travellers who were identified as close contacts were required to quarantine for a further 14 days from the exposure date, regardless of when they arrived in the country or departed the hotel.

The third member of the household to test positive, an adult who did not stay at the Holiday Inn, was considered a secondary contact and was also quarantining.

After previously testing negative, the family did their day 11 test yesterday at a drive-through testing site near their home.

"They are all isolated away, we are very grateful to them and thousands more," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Holiday Inn returned travellers wearing bin liners as PPE

  Holiday Inn returned travellers wearing bin liners as PPE Adding to the chaos of the Holiday Inn outbreak, residents have arrived at a new quarantine hotel wearing bin liners as makeshift PPE.9News video showed people at The Pullman hotel fashioning purple bin liners to cover themselves, as they moved to another hotel to isolate today.

Victoria has recorded three new coronavirus cases linked to its Melbourne restaurant cluster, as the number of coronavirus exposure sites continues to grow. Active cases in Victoria total 36 as a hairdresser becomes the latest exposure site. Chadstone Shopping Centre confirmed a worker there has tested positive. The Acting Premier says it's too early to talk of easing restrictions. The three cases were close contacts linked to the Black Rock Restaurant outbreak and were in isolation when they tested positive for the virus, Victoria 's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said.

Victoria recorded 5 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the Holiday Inn UK strain cluster to 13. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a snap 5-day lockdown for the entire state. All states and territories have declared travel restrictions from Victoria . 4ddays agoFriFriday 12 FebFebruary 2021 at 2:57am PM supports a 'proportionate response' to Holiday Inn outbreak . 4ddays agoFriFriday 12 FebFebruary 2021 at 12:46am Victoria recorded 5 locally acquired coronavirus cases in yesterday's reporting period.

"While we have all gone back to something close to COVID-normal there are many thousands of people who are at home and have days to run on their 14 days."

About 3,515 primary close contacts linked to the outbreak were in quarantine across the state on Friday morning, up from 3,400 two days earlier, COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.

There were still 59 household primary close contacts, a number that has not changed in several days.

No overseas cases were recorded in hotel quarantine.

The new cases come after the state went two consecutive days without recording any local infections.

"This isn't over yet — all known contacts of cases or exposure sites need to stay in quarantine for the full 14 days to wrap this up," Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Twitter this morning.

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Victorian hotel quarantine and airport workers will be among the first people in the state to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when the rollout begins next week.

Quarantine hotels 'inadequate': Vic AMA

  Quarantine hotels 'inadequate': Vic AMA The Australian Medical Association of Victoria has called for Holiday Inn's original ventilation audit to be released after a COVID-19 outbreak at the hotel.There have been seven cases of COVID-19 transmission detected across three Victorian quarantine hotels within a week, including five at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

On Thursday afternoon Victorian health officials broke the news that three more cases had been confirmed. Hours later, yet another two were added to the rapidly growing total. “Two further individuals linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak have tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19),” Vic Health said in a statement late on Thursday. “Both are household primary close contacts of previously announced cases .

Victorians should "expect more cases " out of the outbreak , Professor Sutton said. Hundreds of people have been forced into self-isolation as health authorities scramble to bring the outbreak under control. READ MORE: Melbourne hotel worker tests positive to UK virus strain. The infected family-of- three who were undertaking hotel quarantine at the Holiday Inn are believed to have contracted the UK strain of the virus prior to entering Victoria . Mr Andrews confirmed the family's infections were not due to transmission inside the hotel. "Two members of this family remain in hotel quarantine with our

The Pfizer vaccine, which was the first COVID-19 vaccine to get regulatory approval in Australia, will be rolled out to priority groups across Australia from Monday.

In Victoria, workers who are most likely to come into direct contact with people who could have coronavirus will be vaccinated first.

This will include health hotel workers, airport and port workers, high-risk frontline health staff, and public sector residential aged care staff and residents, the state government said in a statement today.

The Commonwealth will allocate 12,000 initial doses of the vaccine to Victoria, with 59,000 doses to be provided over the first four weeks.

Health professionals will start delivering doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those groups from Monday.

Grand Hyatt exposure in the 'rear view mirror'

The Holiday Inn outbreak came days after it was confirmed a worker at another quarantine hotel had contracted the virus.

The Noble Park man had worked at the Grand Hyatt hotel, which was used for Australian Open players and staff.

However, the 26-year-old was not confirmed to have transmitted the virus to anyone else.

Mr Weimar said close contacts from the Grand Hyatt outbreak had started being released from quarantine. A total of 1,507 were associated with outbreak and about 150 people were released on Thursday.

He thanked people for doing the "hard yards" and isolating, saying the Grand Hyatt outbreak is starting to appear in the "rear view mirror".

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