Vic has COVID clean sheet, new red zone

Victoria has reported no new COVID-19 cases as the state pauses its plan to further ease restrictions due to national outbreaks.

The Department of Health reported zero locally acquired cases on Thursday, following just over 29,000 tests, and also none in hotel quarantine.

Active cases in the state fell by three to 31, while more than 19,000 vaccine doses were administered at Victorian-run sites over the past 24-hour period.

It comes as Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed the state would not go ahead with planned capacity limit increases to stadiums and theatres from 11.59pm on Thursday.

He said the national situation was “extremely delicately poised”, with parts of NSW, NT, Queensland and WA all plunged into lockdown due to community transmission of COVID-19. 

It means Victoria’s current two-week block of restrictions set down for the school holidays will remain in place until July 8.

They will be reviewed again next week.

Meanwhile, Alice Springs became the latest local government area to be made a red zone from 11.59pm on Wednesday as it entered a three-day lockdown.

Anyone currently in Victoria who has been in Alice Springs at any time since June 25 will be required to get tested and stay isolated until they return a negative result.

Victorians can return home from red zones, but must self-isolate for 14 days.

Adelaide remains a green zone under Victoria’s permit system for now, despite South Australia reporting five cases on Wednesday. 

They are a miner who returned from the Northern Territory, his wife and three of their children.

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