The Mystery Behind Melbourne's Deadly Delta Outbreak Ends

Covid variant busted

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Melbourne's outbreak of the Delta variant has been linked to a hotel quarantine breach.

On Tuesday authorities announced another breach from the state's returned traveller program is behind the highly infectious Indian strain entering the community.

Returning from Sri Lanka and entering hotel quarantine between 8 - 23 May, genomic testing has tied the returned traveller to the family at the centre of the Delta strain cluster.

The man in his 40's from the city of Glen Eira was not considered infectious when he left quarantine and there are no obvious breaches to indicate transmission occurred in the hotel.


Acting Premier James Merlino has backed the states hotel quarantine program but said the need for Victoria's purpose-built Quarantine Hub is urgent.

“Hotels are built for tourists; they’re not built to tackle infectious disease”

- James Merlino

Victorian Health authorities identify primary source of Delta COVID infection

Meanwhile, Victoria recorded only two new locally acquired cases on Tuesday, reassuring Melbourians that lockdown will likely end as planned on Friday.

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8 June 2021

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