No new COVID-19 cases in Victoria as authorities await genomic testing

Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the community or in quarantine hotels, as health authorities await genomic testing to establish the source of a second quarantine hotel worker’s infection.

The zero cases come after 12,816 tests were carried out across the state on Monday.

At least 80 hotel quarantine workers who work at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport have been identified as close contacts to their colleague in her 50s who tested positive late on Sunday.

The Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport where the female hotel quarantine worker contracted the virus.Credit:Penny Stephens

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt hosed down suggestions that a major overhaul to the current quarantine hotel model was needed, saying that some case leakages were inevitable and accounted for by other measures.

“We have said since the earliest days a year ago, that there would be cases,” he said on Monday.

“We have always said hotel quarantine is the inner ring of containment, followed by testing, tracing, and distancing. Where anybody indicates that there is only one line of defence, that would be inaccurate.”

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