Covid Victoria: Streak continues as confusion over active cases explained

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Victoria’s impressive streak of no new coronavirus cases has continued as the state’s health minister clarified why there were still active cases in the state.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Victoria has now gone 19 days without a known locally acquired case.

However there are still three active cases in the state, with Health Minister Martin Foley clarifying their status on Wednesday morning.

A small group of people in Melbourne wearing face masks at a traffic crossing.
Melburnians continue to enjoy relative freedom after months of stringent restrictions. Source: Getty Images

“I will not go into the specifics but a number of those cases are quite elderly people who, out of an abundance of caution, we are monitoring closely in hospital,” he told ABC News Breakfast.

“The medical advice is that we treat them very cautiously before we send them home.”

There were 17,354 tests processed in the previous 24 hours two days after its daily testing number fell to its lowest since June.

Mr Foley said on Monday the testing regime was “going well” and praised the “extraordinary” commitment of Victorians to get tested promptly when symptoms arose.

Victoria will not close its borders to South Australia following a cluster of cases in Adelaide however a screening process has been instituted for every SA arrival at Melbourne and Mildura airports.

Names and details of 122 passengers aboard two flights to Tullamarine on Monday were recorded and 81 of those tested, with more planes expected to land on Wednesday.

The state's virus death toll stands at 819, with the national figure 907.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a further easing of restrictions on Sunday.

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