No Local Victorian COVID Cases, Day Three

January 8, 2021 Updated: January 8, 2021

A strict three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane has plunged Victorians’ travel plans into disarray, while the state has recorded zero new local COVID-19 cases.

Victoria has recorded a third consecutive day without a locally-acquired COVID-19 case as interstate travel headaches for the state’s residents continue.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said Victorians in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redland, Ipswich, or Logan council areas of Greater Brisbane should cancel plans to return home.

Greater Brisbane has gone into a strict three-day lockdown after a hotel quarantine worker caught the more contagious UK strain of COVID-19.

“All Victorians in these areas are advised to follow the guidance of the Queensland government and any Victorian with plans to travel to these areas should cancel them,” Prof Sutton said on Friday.

Those who have arrived in Victoria from the Greater Brisbane area since January 2 should get tested and self-quarantine until Monday when a further assessment will be made, Prof Sutton said.

The direction followed a Friday morning meeting of the national cabinet which resulted in Greater Brisbane being declared a coronavirus hotspot.

Its implications for Victoria’s travel permit system are yet to be made clear.

Meanwhile, Victoria on Saturday announced a third straight day with no new locally-acquired virus cases from more than 28,000 tests.

One case was uncovered in the state’s hotel quarantine system.

The streak has Premier Dan Andrews upbeat in the belief contact tracers are winning the fight against the 27-case outbreak linked to a Thai eatery in Melbourne.