Mystery surrounds new Melbourne cluster as testing plea issued

Mystery surrounds new Melbourne cluster as testing plea issued

Mystery surrounds new Melbourne cluster as testing plea issued

In a kick in the teeth to city residents anticipating the end of lockdown tonight, the Victorian Government has already walked back on one major aspect of the incoming relaxed restrictions in Melbourne, with face masks to now remain mandatory in all outdoor and indoor spaces.

The four new cases announced on Thursday have forced health authorities to tweak the newly-eased restrictions that will come into effect on Friday.

A Queensland Health statement at the time said: "Anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a returning Queensland resident, except for a limited range of people who can enter for an essential objective".

Anyone developing symptoms in those areas is urged to get tested.

He pleaded with Melburnians to check the list of exposure sites associated with the household which included Coles at Bundoora Square, and Bunnings in Thomastown.

Initially, masks were no longer going to be compulsory outdoors, so long as social distancing was maintained.

One of the family members is on a disability pension and another is a registered carer for them.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng told reporters the four cases were not existing primary contacts and had not visited any of the exposure sites identified from previous cases.

"These new cases are really the strongest reminder that we are, by no means, out of the woods yet", Professor Cheng said.

A Melbourne couple who have tested positive to the Covid-19 virus on the Sunshine Coast are believed to have been moving to Queensland for work.

How the virus spread between the two groups remains a mystery.

Her husband has now tested positive as well, although it appears they are late in their infection period.

"Today, on the advice of the chief health officer, we can announce some significant steps".

"That means the risk of transmission to anyone else is less", she said on Thursday.

"Anyone who is allowed to enter Queensland will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine in Brisbane".

Queensland Health is still working to track down close contacts of the infected pair, who escaped the Melbourne lockdown in a auto last week.

They've been negative, including the infected woman's parents, with whom the couple stayed at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

According to Queensland health authorities, the couple did not apply for a travel exemption to enter the state.

There were also another six coronavirus cases diagnosed in hotel quarantine, meaning there are now 18 active infections around the state.

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