Victoria records ZERO new coronavirus cases for the eighth day in a row - but fears are growing that travellers exposed to the UK mutant strain may have slipped back into the state
Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases for an eighth consecutive day, amid growing fears about returned travellers infected with the highly-contagious UK strain.
No new cases from community transmissions or hotel quarantine were recorded from16,533 tests conducted on Wednesday.
Health authorities remain on high alert, amid fears an outbreak of the UK mutant strain at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane may have spread interstate.
Anyone who completed mandatory hotel quarantine at Brisbane's Grand Chancellor Hotel on or after December 30 and have since arrived Victoria is ordered to self-isolate and immediately contact the state's coronavirus hotline.
They must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result.
The cluster linked to the Brisbane hotel currently stands at six which includesfour quarantining guests, a cleaner and her partner.
New South Wales has issued a similar health alert, urging anyone who had been at the hotel since December 30, as a returned traveller or worker, to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
The Grand Chancellor Hotel is now closed for deep cleaning after 129 quarantined guests were moved to alternative accommodation on Wednesday night.
There are currently 29 active cases of coronavirus across Victoria.
Meanwhile, the first of 1200 tennis players, support crew and officials are expected to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday night for next month's Australian Open.
They must quarantine at one of three Australian Open-dedicated hotels for two weeks ahead of the first tennis grand slam for 2021.