Woman tests positive for COVID-19 after being released from hotel quarantine

A former hotel quarantine resident has tested positive for coronavirus after completing her mandatory 14-day isolation at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

The Victorian Health Department said on Tuesday that it was initiating a “strong public health response” to the new case by “building on measures already in place”.

The Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport where the female hotel quarantine worker contracted the virus.Credit:Penny Stephens

The returned overseas traveller, who did not have any symptoms, tested positive on day 16 after spending the mandatory 14 days in quarantine at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney.

On Sunday, Mr Foley said the government was investigating whether to follow NSW’s lead to bring in a “day 16” test for returned travellers.

Mr Foley said a “further layer of protection” could be implemented in light of a New Zealand woman testing positive to coronavirus after leaving hotel quarantine in Auckland last month.

“We worked closely with particularly NSW to make sure a 16-day test arrangement will be rolled out consistently. All the states have to co-operate very closely in this matter.”

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