No Vic local COVID cases, NZ alert issued

Victoria has reached 20 days with no new local coronavirus cases as officials issued a health alert for New Zealand travellers.

The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting any arrivals from across the Tasman Sea since January 14 to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

The advice has been prompted by a 56-year-old woman in the Northland region testing positive to the more transmissible South African variant of the virus after coming out of hotel quarantine.

Australia has suspended the New Zealand travel bubble for 72 hours over the case, with Victoria following the lead of other states by placing any new arrivals in 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

“If you plan to travel to Victoria from New Zealand over the coming days, you are strongly encouraged to reconsider,” DHHS said in a statement on Tuesday.

It comes as Victoria reported one new case in hotel quarantine from 11,656 test results in the 24 hours to Tuesday. 

The infection is not connected to the Australian Open, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria confirmed.

The state’s active case total remains at 31, with nine of those coming from the 968-strong cohort of Australian Open players, support staff, broadcasters and officials.

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