Victoria records another day without new coronavirus case


Victoria has not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the eighth day in a row that the state has passed without a local or acquired interstate case.

He also did not report any cases in hotel quarantine.

There are 29 active cases in the state.

The latest figures come as the first of 1,200 international tennis players, support team and officials are expected to arrive in Melbourne for the Australian Open as the state does not register any new cases of COVID-19.

Some 16,533 test results were received within 24 hours until Thursday morning.

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Meanwhile, a charter flight carrying tennis athletes and staff is expected to land in Tullamarine early Thursday evening.

It will be the first of 15 inbound private flights over a 36-hour window in preparation for the annual Grand Slam at Melbourne Park.

All players should be “treated” in the airport hangars, away from prying eyes and cameras, before being taken to quarantine.

The tournament was delayed for two weeks until February 8 after the Victorian government and tennis officials reached an agreement on quarantine arrangements.

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All players and staff arriving in Victoria must self-quarantine at one of the three hotels dedicated to the Australian Open for two weeks.

But every player and a support person – like a coach or physiotherapist – are allowed to leave their hotel rooms until five a.m. to train and heal themselves. They will be tested daily.

Those in the ‘training bubble’ can do so as early as day 2 of their quarantine period, provided they return negative viral test results.

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If a player or staff member is positive, they will be transferred to a medical hotel.

Elsewhere, Victorian authorities want anyone in the state who completed the mandatory hotel quarantine at Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel on or after December 30, to self-isolate and immediately contact their coronavirus hotline.

The health department said released travelers must be tested and quarantined at home until they test negative, after six people at the hotel contracted Britain’s most infectious strain of COVID-19.

-with AAP