Australia's Victoria on alert after first COVID-19 case in two months

Victoria on high alert after new Covid case

Victorian man tests positive to COVID-19 after completing hotel quarantine

The Ministry of Health is not recommending any changes to the Australian travel bubble after the announcement of a community case in Melbourne, stating the health risk is low.

Victorian Health authorities are following up contacts at a workplace from May 5 and have published seven locations of interest, four of which are categorised as "tier 1" which recommends people get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.

The man is believed to have returned from overseas and engaged in hotel quarantine in South Australia, before leaving and returning to Victoria on May 4th.

The man from Wollert developed symptoms on Saturday and has returned a positive result after getting tested on Monday.

Victorian health authorities are undertaking a "full public health response", the state Department of Health said in a statement.

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"It is a possibility that after that transfer that, if this person was released, there was some form of transmission of the virus", she said.

Anyone who visited those sites at the listed times has been urged to self-isolate, get tested, quarantine for 14 days and contact the Department of Health.

The ministry's public health risk assessment was based on information provided by Victorian health authorities.

"The ministry will be requesting airlines communicate this message to anyone flying to New Zealand from Victoria in the next 24 hours".

He is isolating at home with his household close contacts.

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The Health Department says it has arranged urgent testing to confirm the result and until then it is treating the man as a positive case.

The man is now being interviewed and exposure sites are being checked.

According to the ABC, the man, who is in his 30s, recently returned to Australia and undertook hotel quarantine in South Australia.

Genomics testing will be conducted to determine if there is a link.

Victoria had no immediate plans to elevate social distancing or mask-wearing rules, said Sutton, adding it was possible the man caught the virus in quarantine in Australia and not in India.

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