Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus in hotel quarantine, as it reaches its 45th day in a row without locally acquired COVID-19 infections.
The returned Australian traveller acquired the virus overseas.
Monday’s update brings the total number of active cases in Victoria’s revamped quarantine scheme to seven. There are no confirmed active cases within the community.
The state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 5024 test results processed on Sunday.
Victoria’s latest case is a woman in her 30s who is experiencing minor symptoms of the virus.
“Positive results are to be expected, and our quarantine system has been designed on the premise that we would have return travellers test positive,” Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
“While we’d all prefer there were no active cases, changes made to strengthen the system will ensure that we manage this in a way that keeps returning travellers, the workers caring for them and the Victorian community as safe as possible.”
Also on Monday, Queensland confirmed one more infection in a returned Australian or permanent resident in hotel quarantine. The state has 19 active COVID cases.
NSW also had another day without local acquired infections. It confirmed three more cases in returned travellers on Monday.
NSW has dropped its requirement for people entering the state from South Australia to fill out border declarations. The rule was imposed as SA battled the Parafield cluster in November.
However, NSW Health said it was concerned about falling test numbers. Monday’s figures came from 6173 tests – down from 9133 in the previous 24-hour period.
“With restrictions eased, borders having reopened and Christmas less than two weeks away, it is important that we remain vigilant,” NSW Health said.
South Australia also ended its recent run of COVID-free days on Monday, with one new case. The patient is a returned Australian in hotel quarantine.