Australia reports two new COVID-19 cases in Melbourne

Health teams inside the Southbank apartment complex

In a positive sign, the health department said the three further cases were all linked to current outbreaks.

There are now 55 active cases in the state, with 17,538 test results received in the past 24 hours.

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Health officials and government ministers are expected to discuss easing restrictions in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, The Herald Sun reported.

Australia's second largest city will allow its five millions residents to travel more than 25 kms from home and end mandatory masks wearing outdoors from Friday, despite the city fighting a stubborn COVID-19 outbreak.

The state officially recorded a total of five new local cases in the past 24 hours, including two new cases linked to a Southbank apartment complex revealed by authorities at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, that have been included in today's official figures.

The incident sent NSW and Queensland authorities into a testing frenzy to ensure that the couple did not spread the virus on their journey.

COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said the two new cases are both men, who lived in separate apartments adjacent to those occupied by positive cases.

He said the chance of spreading between apartments was low and supported the idea of people remaining in their flats despite problems with cross-infection in hotels.

All three cases were primary close contacts of existing cases and have been quarantining throughout their infectious period, according to Victoria's Department of Health.

'I don't think we see the direct parallels'.

"Those two positive cases are connected to some communal areas that we are concerned about, thoroughfares within that particular complex", he told reporters on Tuesday.

Residents wave from a balcony of an apartment at the Kings Park on Southbank apartment building in Melbourne, Tuesday, 15 June, 2021.

The first three cases were transferred to hotel quarantine upon testing positive.

Their infections were confirmed today after the health unit conducted a major testing blitz on residents in the apartment complex.

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