Victoria records eighth straight day without local COVID-19 transmission

Victoria has recorded its eighth straight day without registering a new locally acquired case of coronavirus.

Figures released on Thursday morning show the state recorded zero locally acquired cases and no new cases in hotel quarantine. 16,533 tests were completed on Wednesday.

The Victorian government changed the rules late on Wednesday for people who have travelled to the state from Queensland in the wake of the outbreak scare at the Grand Chancellor Hotel.

A Department of Health and Human Services statement said anyone in Victoria who completed quarantine at the Grand Chancellor hotel on or after December 30 would need to isolate and contact the coronavirus hotline immediately.

People who have been to the Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan or Ipswich council areas, which remain "red zones" from December 30 must now get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result.

"Previously we had asked travellers to test if they had been in these Queensland areas on or after 2 January 2021, however this public health advice has changed based on new information from Queensland Health authorities," the department said.

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