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Victoria records zero local cases, just one in hotel quarantine

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Victoria has recorded 15 days of zero local coronavirus cases with one infection detected in hotel quarantine.

Victoria has recorded 15 days of zero local coronavirus cases with one infection detected in hotel quarantine.

More than 20,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours and there are 34 active cases in the state.

Police Minister Lisa Neville yesterday announced three infections were among the latest to be linked to the tennis tournament inside hotel quarantine.

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Ms Neville said two cases were players, with one believed to be shedding the virus, while the other was a support person to a player.

"Of the other two, it's less clear that they're shedding and that's one player and one support person," she said.

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Health authorities will examine the test results closely to determine whether the cases are active positives or viral shedding.

People who are found to be shedding the virus are not required to be in hard quarantine.

There are currently 72 players remaining in hard lockdown after being deemed close contacts of positive cases on three charter flights.

Clarity has also been provided on who is footing the bill for the Australian Open hotel quarantine program, with Tennis Australia confirming it was funding the scheme.

"Tennis Australia is funding the AO quarantine program," a statement from the peak body read.

"The Victorian Government support relates to ongoing discussions about funding for an extension to the agreement to host the AO in Melbourne and a range of other assets to help promote the city and the state, domestically and internationally."

The statement comes afters Tennis CEO Craig Tiley told 3AW the program cost would surpass $40 million and the government would "absolutely" be contributing.

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Ms Neville later contradicted the claim, insisting the government was not paying for the Australian Open hotel quarantine.

"I want to be really clear about this ... hotel quarantine is fully funded by Tennis Australia," she said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-15th-consecutive-day-no-locally-acquired-covid19-cases-one-hotel-quarantine-latest-numbers-dhhs/3c89b091-78ef-4ad5-9b38-2299432b468a

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