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New Queensland Covid case is husband of woman who breached Victoria lockdown

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Melburnians anxiously await a decision on the city's lockdown. Source AAP

SYDNEY, June 11 ― Australia's Victoria state reported zero locally acquired cases of Covid-19 for the first time in almost three weeks today as state capital Melbourne came out of a snap two-week lockdown after an outbreak that has seen about 90 cases since May 24.

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.

While New Zealand now has quarantine-free travel with Australia, the arrangement with Melbourne has been paused while the state battles with a growing number of Covid community cases.

Ms D'Ath also announced a new temporary walk-in vaccination centre would be trialled at the Caloundra Sports Centre until June 23.

Just over 15,000 people turned out to get a Covid test on Friday, but authorities are hoping to see numbers north of 20,000 each and every day.

However, the emergence of mystery cases like the man's continues to concern authorities because they can "linger and build".

They will not need to isolate or be tested once they land in New Zealand.

Victorian COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar.

Australia's second most-populous state has recorded 94 cases in its latest wave of COVID-19 infections, which triggered a two-week snap lockdown late last month.

"I think I am concerned the testing numbers are dropping and while we are still dealing with new cases emerging, I would really encourage people to keep those testing numbers up".

Although the couple failed to go into mandatory quarantine on arrival into Queensland, Dr Young said she was grateful to them for their assistance in "so carefully" working with contact tracers to prepare a list of exposure sites.

Those who have been at a location of interest at the specified times are not allowed to travel into New Zealand within 14 days of exposure.

Some 16,932 Victorians were tested for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Monday morning, while 13,764 received a vaccine dose at state-run hubs.

There is one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation to report today.

More than 3,000 primary close contacts of infected cases are already in quarantine with about 122 exposure sites listed on the Victorian government website.

The health department is urging anyone in those areas with COVID symptoms to get tested immediately.

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