Victoria has recorded a positive case of coronavirus from a returned traveler believed to have acquired the infection on the northern beaches of NSW

The Department of Health and Human Services said the person was believed to have had a limited number of close contacts, but the investigation has continued

“There are currently no exposure sites, but if this changes we will provide more updates,” the department said on Twitter

“Anyone who has returned from the northern beaches, greater Sydney or the Central Coast must be tested and quarantined for 14 days”

NSW health officials reported today that eight more people in the state tested positive for coronavirus, with the northern beaches cluster rising to 90

Victoria’s Minister of Health, Martin Foley, said the case was a 15-year-old girl from the Moonee Valley area of ​​northwest Melbourne who was born on late May 17th Traveled home with her mother on December 12th and self-isolated on arrival in Victoria

“My understanding is that the young person had family ties to the northern beach area and was exposed to several high-risk locations,” said Foley

“The Avalon RSL, the Avalon Bowling Club, the listed Fish & chip store Quite a few”

“All family close contacts have been interviewed and the Department of Health is tracking all secondary close contacts,” Foley

said

“All close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days Retested day

“As the family has isolated at home, no exposure sites are currently known in Victoria”

Mr. Foley added that as part of the process, contact tracers were checking the family’s phone records

He acknowledged that this was a step in the process, but said it will not be introduced for every case

“It depends on the circumstances, but given the importance of this case and the 53-day non-community Victorian broadcast, we will use all available resources and efforts to keep those 53 days going,” he said

Test commander Jeroen Weimar said the girl and her family had “done absolutely the right thing”

He said the detailed interviews about her movements began immediately after the test results returned yesterday afternoon

“For the focus family, this is a burdensome and complex thing to live and deal with,” he said

“We must treat this with respect and integrity, and make sure we provide every single support to this family so that they can safely isolate this is our job”

Mr Foley said at least 17 people who had traveled from NSW, including a family of five, had been transferred to Victoria’s hotel quarantine program

“That’s 17 people who don’t spend Christmas and New Years as planned, but are in hotel quarantine,” he said

He said the message for anyone who was in a “red zone” and tried to enter Victoria was “not”

“You won’t get in, and if you do, you’ll be spending your time in hotel quarantine for Christmas and New Years

“From the 4th000 people who have already returned from the Amber Zone and been tested, the good news is that none of them have returned a positive test “

Mr Weimar said some of the 17 people flew to Victoria over the weekend after visiting Sydney’s northern beaches

“We were very clear because New South Wales also said, ‘You can’t leave the hot spot of the northern beaches, you have to stay isolated at home’

“We clearly have a number of people who have disregarded this advice, arriving at one of our airports and therefore being placed in hotel quarantine”

Mr Weimar said any relaxation of the border restrictions, if NSW continues to report low incidences, is a matter of the chief health officer

Mr Weimar said the state health authorities were on 15 yesterday521 coronavirus tests carried out, and some test stations are particularly busy

He said 20000 people who had visited what was then the “Amber Zones” in NSW applied for entry permits into Victoria over the weekend. They would all be followed to see if they had entered the state to make sure they had been tested

Health officials had identified 300 people who were in either the red or amber zones and who they continued to pursue to be tested and isolated

Until yesterday noon 4000 applications received from Victorians returning from the red zone, he said

“As of midnight last night, we will close our borders to all returning travelers from the greater Sydney area and the Central Coast,” he said

“Now anyone coming from these areas, Victorian or otherwise, cannot pass our land border checkpoints. They will be refused”

When asked by a journalist, Mr. Weimar replied that everyone, including the Victorians who had found themselves in a “red zone” in NSW and tried to get on the road to Victoria, had been turned back

“We don’t run a hotel quarantine service for tens of thousands of people,” he said

“So if you didn’t come back as a returning Victorian last night, you respectfully cannot return until this crisis is over”

The health department said no new cases were acquired locally and two international travelers tested positive, bringing the total number of active cases to 11

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, fewer than the day before, bringing the total number of northern beaches outbreaks to 83

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