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First Infection in 2 Months in Australian State of Victoria

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In the Australian state of Victoria, a suspected locally acquired infection with the coronavirus was diagnosed for the first time in more than two months on Tuesday.

 

It concerns a man in his thirties. He had recently returned from abroad and had been quarantined in the state of South Australia for two weeks. After completing this and testing negative, he travelled on to Victoria. Last weekend the man developed flu-like symptoms.

According to local health authorities, it is not yet known when the man had completed his quarantine. Authorities are investigating how he became infected.

Australia has largely kept the coronavirus outbreak under control through strict lockdowns, border controls and rapid contact tracking systems. Fewer than 30,000 corona cases and 1,000 corona deaths have been identified in the country since the start of the pandemic. Many days without infections have been recorded since the beginning of the year.

Australia closed its borders to all travellers in March 2020 except for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Travellers arriving from abroad must be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks at their own expense.

Recently, an exception has been made for travellers from New Zealand, with which Australia has a travel bubble. However, this was paused last week after someone tested positive for the virus in Sydney. It is still unclear whether that will happen again.

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