Lockdown lifted on Australia’s Melbourne, alert still

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Australian city Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown eased on Thursday midnight, while states remained on high alert as investigation into an infected couple continued.

Victoria lifted its two-week lockdown in capital city Melbourne with outbreak relatively control, while a COVID-infected couple’s contacts were still outstanding in the state Queensland.

The pair were confirmed to be infected in Queensland after they left Victoria on June 1, four days after a statewide lockdown, and traveled by car regional New South Wales (NSW) into Queensland when stopping at multiple venues along the way.

Although no the virus were recorded in both NSW and Queensland overnight, Queensland Health Officer Jeannette Young, told local media they identified 316 close contacts and only 41 returned so far and tested negative.

Young said 959 have also notified Queensland Health they had been to the “close contact’’ or “casual contact’’ exposure venues, with up to 402 those considered close contacts.

Queensland Deputy , Steve Gollschewski, said were still waiting to interview the Victorian couple who were currently in isolation at a local hospital but would have to wait until was safe to do so.

He also revealed five new were caught trying to illegally enter Queensland after being in Victoria when randomly checked more than 3,340 vehicles.

Friday, Victorians regional parts of the state were permitted to enter Queensland, pending declarations, but those in metropolitan Melbourne were banned without an exemption the state’s health department.