Twenty travellers who have arrived in Victoria from Queensland in the last fortnight have been ordered to isolate and get tested, amid fears they may have been exposed to a highly-contagious virus strain in hotel quarantine.
Health authorities are on high alert about an outbreak of the UK mutant strain at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane which may have spread interstate.
Contract tracers have tracked down 20 travellers who were in hotel quarantine in Queensland and have arrived in Victoria since December 30, Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Thursday.
Two have since crossed the South Australia border.
It comes Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases for an eighth consecutive day from 16,533 tests conducted on Wednesday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Some of the 18 returned travellers in Victoria need to isolate for another 14 days while others will only need to self-isolate until they return a negative test.
Victoria recorded no coronavirus cases for a eighth consecutive day on Thursday. Pictured are healthcare workers at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, which will welcome the arrival of Australian Open players and officials in the coming days
'There's not one blanket answer,' Mr Andrews said on Thursday.
'It depends on when they were in hotel quarantine.
'There's a specific window where we believe there is some chance that because of the infections that have already been recorded in hotel quarantine, between staff and residents, and it is that UK strain, without any other link, circumstances are very much based on each person's travel movements and when they were in hotel quarantine.'
'It will depend on their individual circumstances, but we're well and truly in contact with them and we will provide them with tailored and specific advice about what they need to do.'
Anyone who completed mandatory hotel quarantine at Brisbane's Grand Chancellor Hotel on or after December 30 and have since arrived Victoria is ordered to self-isolate and immediately contact the state's coronavirus hotline.
They must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'The Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan, Ipswich will continue to remain in the in the red zone and travel to Victoria will not be permitted without an exemption, exception or permitted worker permit,' Victoria's Department of Health and Human services added in a statement.
'Anyone who has arrived into Victoria from one of these LGA since 30 December must get tested and quarantine at home