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Australia Victoria records no new local coronavirus cases as borders open

03:05  22 june  2021
03:05  22 june  2021 Source:   theage.com.au

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  Major concern with Melbourne testing numbers as new mystery case emerges Victoria has recorded one new local COVID-19 case as the state continues its cautious march out of lockdown.Victorian authorities have warned against complacency as testing numbers drop despite a new mystery COVID-19 case emerging overnight.

Victoria is setting up testing facilities at its border with South Australia, after it recorded its 19th-straight day of no new coronavirus cases and no deaths. Key points: Three cases remain active in Victoria . More than 17,000 test results were received in 24 hours. The risk at the moment would not justify closing border right now," he said. "If things were to change we'd have to keep that option open as other states have kept that option open ." 91 arrivals in Melbourne asked to test and isolate. The move follows measures already established to test incoming passengers on flights from South Australia.

The Victoria - New South Wales border has reopened, meaning travellers do not have to quarantine. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) secretary Euan Wallace and other health officials today gave evidence to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into contact tracing and testing. Last week, the department was criticised for not being open and honest about what went wrong. 'Elimination day' looms later this week. Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus or deaths for the 24th day in a row, and is now within reach of officially eliminating the virus.

Victoria has recorded no new local coronavirus cases as New Zealand prepared to resume quarantine-free travel with the state.

More than 13,000 Covid test results were processed in the past 24 hours and more than 15,000 people received their vaccine doses. © Getty More than 13,000 Covid test results were processed in the past 24 hours and more than 15,000 people received their vaccine doses.

There were two cases recorded in hotel quarantine on Tuesday.

More than 13,000 COVID-19 test results were processed in the past 24 hours and more than 15,000 people received their vaccine doses.

Victoria recorded one new local coronavirus case on Monday. The person was a primary close contact in the Kings Park apartment complex in Southbank.

Another local coronavirus case was recorded in Victoria at the weekend. The total number of local coronavirus cases in the state as of Tuesday was 51.

Tuesday's new case came after the Northern Territory revoked its designation of Greater Melbourne as a COVID-19 hotspot on Monday, meaning that visitors to the territory who have passed through the city would no longer need to quarantine on arrival.

Tasmania downgraded Melbourne to low-risk at 12.01am on Tuesday. People from Melbourne who visit the state will also no longer need to quarantine.

Virus ‘absolutely still out there' as Victoria records one new COVID-19 case

  Virus ‘absolutely still out there' as Victoria records one new COVID-19 case Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he was "optimistic" the state was on the right track for more easing of restrictions next week, but said health officials needed time to assess the effect of loosened restrictions.Victoria has recorded one new local case of COVID-19 as the state's regional and metropolitan areas were reunited for the first weekend in three weeks under eased coronavirus restrictions.

South Australia has recorded no new coronavirus cases , but did report one historical case . The state's QR code tracing system has been launched today. The SA- Victoria border has also reopened, with planes touching down at Adelaide Airport this morning. However, authorities have added an old case to the state's tally, which was not publicly reported at the time it was identified. The woman was an international traveller who tested positive for COVID-19 while in a medi-hotel, and has since been cleared of the virus. Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the case was not reported at the

Just three confirmed coronavirus cases remain active across Victoria . A street festival of food will be held across 11 city precincts instead of the fireworks display on New Year's Eve. It comes as Victoria recorded its 17th consecutive day without any new coronavirus cases or deaths. The Premier would not rule out closing Victoria 's border to South Australians, but said he supported the National Cabinet goal of all state and territory borders being open by the end of the year, and said Victoria stood ready to provide any assistance South Australia might request.

Victoria's travel bubble with New Zealand, which snapped shut during the last lockdown, will resume from 11.59pm on Tuesday after the Ministry of Health in Wellington decided the remaining public health risk was low.

State's Pfizer vaccine allocation to rise

Tuesday's COVID-19 numbers come after a spokesperson for federal Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed late on Monday that Victoria's allocation of Pfizer would increase from 407,000 doses in June to more than 560,000 in July.

Almost all of the increase will be for the state's general practices, which have had few Pfizer vaccines up until now, with little additional supply for the mass vaccination clinics run by the Victorian government.

The July allocation will include 380,000 doses for the government to distribute and an additional 153,000 for Victorian GPs, taking their monthly total to 180,000 doses. A recent regulation change is paving the way for the vaccinations to occur at medical clinics, by allowing unopened vials to be stored in domestic freezers rather that ultra-cold freezers.

The improved vaccine supply came as GPs called for an advertising campaign to address "the real mess of messages" around the national rollout.

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