Victoria records six new coronavirus cases in hotel quarantine
9th January 2021

Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus and six new cases in hotel quarantine.

The state now has 45 active cases, having recorded four straight days of zero cases.

More than 23,000 tests were received on Saturday as it was revealed a woman recently released from a Melbourne hotel after a 10-day stay tested positive in Queensland to the highly contagious UK strain.

Both federal and Queensland health authorities came to the defence of Victoria, saying the state’s health officials had acted in accordance with quarantining rules.

Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley said he was satisfied that the correct guidelines had been followed when the woman, who tested positive in Queensland on Friday, was released from a Melbourne hotel on January 5.

On Saturday, at least a dozen flights landed from Brisbane into Melbourne with passengers allowed to isolate at home – despite the Department of Health closing borders to Greater Brisbane at midnight Friday.

Meanwhile, frustrated members of the public who have been waiting a week for test results from Melbourne's Frankston Hospital have been promised results by Monday.

Peninsula Health confirmed that delays from an "unplanned IT outage" this week with private pathology provider Dorevitch was to blame for the still outstanding results.

Earlier this week the Department of Health said there had been 10,000 negative test results caught up in the IT glitch but insinuated all had since been forwarded to people who were tested.

More to come.

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