Victoria’s deadly outbreak spreads to ANOTHER city as Canberra reports three new cases of coronavirus after two people returned from a Melbourne hotspotTwo people arrived in ACT on Thursday from a Melbourne coronavirus hotspotOne female and two males all in their 20s have contracted the virus in CanberraAll three individuals had visited several popular areas in the city before tested 

Victoria’s deadly coronavirus outbreak has spread to Canberra as three new cases are reported after two people arrived from Melbourne.

The new cases are in one female and two males all aged in their 20s who live in the same household.

Two of the new infections had arrived in the ACT on Thursday after visiting a Melbourne hot spot. 

Canberra has recorded three new COVID-19 cases after two people arrived from a Melbourne hotspot

All three had visited the ACT’s Fyshwick Markets on Saturday and Westfield Belconnen on Monday – before they were tested.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said anybody who had visited those areas should monitor themselves for symptoms.  

‘We are confident the risk to the broader ACT community is low,’ Dr Coleman said.

‘However this is a very important reminder of the ongoing pandemic and the risk posed by the outbreak currently evolving in Melbourne.

The new cases in the ACT are in one female and two males all aged in their 20s who live in the same household. Pictured nurses preparing COVID-19 test kit in Canberra

‘Anyone who has been in Melbourne in the past two weeks should monitor themselves for symptoms and be vigilant.’

The new cases are the first infections in the territory in a month and brings the total number to 111. 

The border closed in the ACT at 12.01 on Wednesday from anyone travelling from Victoria. 

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it’s now unlikely coronavirus restrictions will ease as had been planned on Friday.  

It comes after the whole of Melbourne was locked down due to a surge in coronavirus cases. 

Canberra’s new cases are the first infections in a month. Pictured firefighters in hazmat suits prepare to enter public housing towers locked down in Melbourne on Wednesday

The whole of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire north of the city will be placed back into lock down for six weeks from 11.59pm on Wednesday after Victoria recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus – its worst figure yet. Pictured: A map showing the suburbs in lockdown


New South Wales: 3,433

Victoria: 2,824

Queensland: 1,068

Western Australia: 621

South Australia: 443

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 111

Northern Territory: 30



There are fears of another outbreak in NSW after a Melbourne teenager on holiday with his family in the state tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.  

The boy was tested before he left Victoria and the result came back negative. But after arriving in NSW on July 4, the family was told there had been an error and the boy was positive.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the family members, who did not come from a Melbourne hotspot suburb, were isolating in Merimbula, a town in the state’s southeast. 

The only place they visited was the Tathra Hotel, which had taken the details of 80 patrons there at the time and all of them have been contacted by NSW Health.  

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was ‘extremely worried’ that the Victorian outbreak could spread to NSW through border communities and wreak similar chaos to that in Melbourne.

‘My level of concern will translate into tougher decisions [if necessary],’ she told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

‘The probability of contagion in NSW given what’s happened in Victoria is extremely high. The probability that we need to be tougher on broader restrictions is extremely high. 

Victoria has recorded 134 new cases of coronavirus as the state battles a huge outbreak and the whole of Melbourne braces for a six-week lockdown. 

Ms Berejiklian urged anyone on the NSW-Victoria border to get tested if they had even the mildest symptoms (a line for testing in Albury in pictured), along with those in tourist areas like Ballina and Byron Bay

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