More exposure sites listed related to infected couple from Melbourne

Melbourne Restrictions to Ease on Friday

However, Greater Melbourne is still under restrictions, despite the city coming out of lockdown overnight.

Australia on Thursday also reported a 52-year-old woman died from serious blood clots with a low blood platelet count after having the AstraZeneca vaccine, the second death in Australia linked to the vaccine out of 3.6 million doses given.

Anyone developing symptoms in those areas is urged to get tested.

Victoria recorded four new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as Melbourne prepared for restrictions to ease, and 22 new exposure sites related Arcare Maidstone aged care facility were added. "Masks will continue to be required to be worn outdoors in all circumstances".

While it was yesterday announced that masks would only be mandatory in indoor settings and outdoor settings where you can not maintain a 1.5-metre distance, it's now been ruled that masks will still be mandatory outdoors as well.

Thursday's four new cases are from the same Reservoir household in Melbourne's north.

One of the family members is on a disability pension and another is a registered carer for them.

The current outbreak in Victoria includes nine cases who visited that shopping centre.

Authorities are awaiting genomic testing to see if they have the Delta or Kappa strain of the virus, while their close contacts are self-isolating.

The husband of a woman who travelled from Melbourne via NSW to Queensland, has tested positive.

Her husband has now tested positive as well, although it appears they are late in their infection period.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said on Thursday they did not have an exemption to enter the state.

"That means the risk of transmission to anyone else is less", she said on Thursday.

NSW, the country's most populous state, has not reported any locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in more than a month, while Queensland last reported cases in late March.

Queensland Health has so far identified 17 close contacts of the couple since they arrived into the state, including people in cafes and restaurants.

A lot of them are around the Sunshine Coast area.

In total about 400 people in Queensland have been forced into isolation and are getting tested as a result of the couple's arrival on Saturday.

Queensland Police deputy commissioner Steve Gollschewski said officers planned to interview the Victorian couple when they gained health clearance to do so.

There are 75 active cases in the state.



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