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Victorian man tests positive for COVID-19 after travelling from hotel quarantine in Perth

A Victorian man has tested positive for COVID-19 after travelling from hotel quarantine in Perth to Melbourne earlier this week.

The man arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday and was advised upon arrival he was a close contact of a positive case in the hotel. 

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the man has been in isolation since arriving in Victoria. The positive test ends the state’s 55-day run of zero locally transmitted cases.

“Public health actions are already underway, household contacts were urgently tested this morning,” he said.

“This is an important and timely reminder this global pandemic is not over.”

Health authorities are working to contact other passengers on Qantas flight QF778, who are required to get tested and isolate for 14 days. The man has three household contacts. 

Mr Foley said the man wore a mask while on the flight and travelling through the airport.

“We will be examining those movements for contact-tracing purposes and for the purposes of establishing should there be any exposure sites,” he said.

West Australian health authorities on Thursday revealed there had been virus transmission in the Mercure Hotel Perth, which is being used to quarantine returning overseas travellers.

Two guests staying in rooms opposite each other tested positive for the virus and were later linked through genomic sequencing, the health department said in a statement.

Other guests who stayed on the same sixth floor at the same time were previously released from the hotel after testing negative.

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