Zero COVID cases detected on Thursday in Victoria

VICTORIA recorded zero new coronavirus cases on Thursday morning.

No new infections were found locally or in hotel quarantine, bringing the known number of active cases across the state to 38, down from 41 on Wednesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported there were 32,767 tests completed on Wednesday.

With cases surging in the United Kingdom and some hospitals facing the possibility of being overwhelmed, national cabinet has been recalled a month early to decide whether to tighten precautions on international arrivals over fears travellers from the UK will spread a more infectious coronavirus strain.

Authorities in Victoria and Western Australia want people flying from the United Kingdom to be tested before they board planes, and to be denied travel if they return positive results.

In a Facebook statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the proposal was to “further strengthen the COVID safety of end to end international travel processes, from arrival at airport of embarkation in the exit country, to final clearance from hotel quarantine in Australia”.

Just one COVID-19 case was reported in Victoria on Wednesday – a man in his 30s who attended sales at Chadstone on December 26 and the MCG Boxing Day Test match on December 27, before later testing positive to the virus.

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Professor Allen Cheng said the decision to list Chadstone and the MCG as possible acquisition sites for the mystery case was precautionary, and it was more likely he caught the virus elsewhere

“He has had a number of contacts in private houses. I think they would probably be more likely” he said.

“I think it’s most likely we have another cluster going on.”