Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

An urgent investigation is underway after a case of COVID-19 was discovered in a vaccinated traveler who arrived from abroad and is now in hotel quarantine.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the traveler arrived in the state on December 3 on a flight from the Netherlands via Abu Dhabi.

They were taken directly to hotel quarantine and have not been in the community while infected.

Victoria currently has no known cases of the new variant Omicron, and the genome sequencing for the overseas case will begin on Tuesday.

The city skyline is seen from Albert Park Lake in Melbourne.
The city skyline is seen from Albert Park Lake in Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

The case initially returned a negative PCR test on Saturday and then became symptomatic on Monday.

They then returned a positive test with “found of S gene dropout”.

“The source of the acquisition is still under investigation. All other passengers on the inbound flight will be assessed to ensure they have undergone a test,” the health ministry said.

“All arrivals from abroad are reminded of the requirement to quarantine for 72 hours on arrival, to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and again between 5 and 7 days after arrival.”

Tuesday’s COVID cases

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed that there had been 1185 cases within 24 hours until midnight.

There were also seven more virus-related deaths.

Hospital admissions in the state remain stable at 297, of which 47 are in the intensive care unit and 25 in the respirator.

Victoria crossed a major vaccination threshold a week ago, and 91.5 percent of all people over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated.

1,073 cases were recorded on Monday, 980 on Sunday, 1365 on Saturday and 1188 on Friday.

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