Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus since yesterday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 20,360.
The new cases include one case acquired interstate that is linked to the recent NSW COVID-19 outbreak and two new cases in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine.
The new positive case is a teenage girl from the Moonee Valley Local Government Area (LGA) who had recently visited several exposure sites in the Northern Beaches area of New South Wales.
The teenage girl was with her mother and had travelled from New South Wales to Victoria by car on 18 December and made one stop at a New South Wales service station in Gundagai before arriving home.
On 20 December, the young person was tested and returned a positive result last night. The mother had a negative test and will be retested. The teenage girl does not have COVID-19 symptoms and is isolating at home.
All Victorian close contacts of the family have been interviewed and the Department of Health and Human Services is following up with any secondary close contacts. Rapid testing for the close contacts is underway.
All primary close contacts will quarantine for 14 days and will retest on day 11. There are no known exposure sites at this point, however we will update the community if that changes.
Given the large size of the outbreak in NSW, it is not unexpected that we would experience some localised cases in Victoria.
Victoria has also recorded two new cases in returning international travellers notified today in hotel quarantine.
The cases are in a young child and a man aged in his 50s.
There are currently 10 active cases of COVID-19 in people in hotel quarantine in Victoria.
As of 11.59pm last night, Victoria’s border with New South Wales has been closed and no one who had been in the Northern Beaches area, Greater Sydney or the NSW Central Coast from 11 December is allowed to come into Victoria.
Anyone arriving at the road border from those impacted areas will be turned away and will have to find alternative accommodation in New South Wales.
Victorians who have served hotel quarantine in New South Wales do not need a permit or an exemption to return to Victoria if they:
- travel directly to the airport when released from their hotel
- do not leave the airport prior to their flight departure; and
- wear a face mask during the flight, inside the Melbourne Airport terminal, and throughout their transportation to their destination.
If these conditions are met, they will not need to quarantine again in Victoria. They will need to be prepared to show authorised officers evidence about their completion of quarantine in NSW, their flight details and their Victorian place of residence.
Anyone found to have entered Victoria without a valid permit of exemption may be subject to penalties in excess of $1652 and if you intentionally provide false information on your permit application, you may be issued a fine of $1652 or face a penalty of up to $9913.
The rest of regional NSW is designated as a “green zone.”
If you hold a Green Zone permit, your permit is still valid and you will not be required to apply for a new permit. However, this does not apply to Green Zone permits that were issued for the Central Coast, which is now a red zone.
If you are a resident in a border community you do not require a permit, however you must travel with your driver’s licence or other valid photo ID with your address details.
Victorians are strongly advised not to travel to Sydney as you may not be able to re-enter without undertaking hotel quarantine for 14 days.
Today’s is the 53rd straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily community transmission cases. There are no new deaths. To date, 820 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
A total of 3,776,979 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 15,521 since yesterday. Wastewater monitoring is continuing at more than 60 locations across Victoria.
As always, it remains vitally important that any Victorians with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, stay home and get tested.
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.
Reviewed 21 December 2020