No new cases for 30th day as thousands wait on COVID-19 test results

Victoria has recorded no new local coronavirus cases for 30th day in a row, as health authorities continue to trace travellers from Queensland in the wake of a growing outbreak in the northern state.

There were 11,708 tests results received on Saturday. There are no active cases in the state.

One new case of community transmission in Queensland has been linked to the Brisbane landscaper who tested positive to COVID-19 on Thursday.

The new case, a man in his 20s from Strathpine, held a house party with 25 guests while awaiting his test result, which turned out to be positive.

Victorian health authorities said they had contacted more than 15,000 people who entered the state from Brisbane or the Moreton Bay region since March 12.

Anyone who has entered Victoria from those areas is required to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of entering and stay isolated until they received a negative result.

A number of testing centres already had wait times of longer than 30 minutes on Sunday, including waits of more than an hour at The Alfred Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Brisbane Lions men’s AFL team, which was grounded in Victoria on Saturday waiting for negative test results following the new cases in Queensland, is expected to fly out of the state on Sunday morning.

The fixtured Brisbane Lions-Collingwood blockbuster at the Gabba is on track to proceed as planned on Thursday night, but the AFL is prepared to make rapid changes in line with advice from the Queensland government.

It is unclear whether Collingwood, due to fly to Brisbane on Wednesday, will be forced to isolate in a repeat of the measures that were taken for interstate travel last season.

Victorian health authorities are also cross-checking travel permit data against flight manifests to identify any other visitors or returned travellers who may have not been contacted.

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