Victoria records two new local COVID-19 cases

A pop-up COVID test site is seen in front of the ACCA building which is opposite the Kings Park on Southbank apartment building. Source AAP

A pop-up COVID test site is seen in front of the ACCA building which is opposite the Kings Park on Southbank apartment building. Source AAP

Australia's Victoria state on Tuesday reported no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, fuelling hope that movement restrictions in the state capital Melbourne will be eased later this week.

COVID-19 testing staff entering the Kings Park on Southbank apartment building, in Melbourne, Tuesday, 15 June, 2021.

The Kings Park apartment complex has been forced into 14 days lockdown.

Nurses were seen at the entrance of the complex, wearing personal protective equipment earlier on Tuesday.

Management said they were working with contractors, the health department and traders to reopen as soon as possible.

Santiago Gonzales and Denise Dolan waved from their apartment after the Victorian government placed tenants of the complex into two weeks' quarantine.

As a result, both residents were identified as close primary contacts of an existing case and have fortunately been in isolation.

COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said the two new cases are both men, who lived in separate apartments adjacent to those occupied by positive cases.

Victoria has reported daily new cases in low single digits for more than a week, allaying fears of a major spike in infections after the highly contagious Delta variant was detected.

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The Australian state of Victoria has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus, paving the way for restrictions to be eased as planned later this week.

There are 56 active coronavirus cases in Victoria, down from 64 on Monday.

The new cases came from 17,538 test results, while 14,870 vaccine doses were also administered in the past 24 hours.

The Southbank apartment cluster now stands at six.

Mr Foley said more than 200 residents were tested on Sunday.

Nevertheless, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the townhouse cases were not impacting current plans to ease restrictions further on Friday.

"We made a decision to expand the zone of primary close contacts from the 61 (on Monday) and asking other residents of that apartment building to also lock down for the next 14 days", he said.

"Those two positive cases are connected to some communal areas that we are concerned about, thoroughfares within that particular complex", he told reporters on Tuesday.

A community meeting is being held for the residents of the complex later on Tuesday.

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