Victorian man catches COVID-19 in Perth quarantine hotel

A Victorian man contracted COVID-19 in a Perth quarantine hotel before travelling to Melbourne this week.

The man, from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, arrived in Melbourne on April 21 and was advised immediately upon his arrival that he was deemed a close contact of a positive case because the virus was transmitting on the man’s Perth Mecure hotel floor.

As a result, he travelled directly home and has been isolating ever since, Health Minister Martin Foley said.

Health Minister Martin Foley this week.

Health Minister Martin Foley this week. Credit:Meredith O’Shea

The man’s room at the hotel was adjacent to a room occupied by a COVID-19 positive person. He received his positive test result on Friday morning in Victoria.

As a result, the case is considered to belong to the state of Victoria and the state’s run of zero local transmission has ended, Mr Foley said.

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According to the Department of Health, on Thursday Victoria had reached 55 days in a row of no local COVID-19 cases.

The asymptomatic man has three household contacts. Authorities are now working to contact all other people on Qantas flight QF778, and his movements in the airport are being investigated.

“This is an important and timely reminder this global pandemic is not over,” Mr Foley said.

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