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Melbourne hotel quarantine worker tests positive to coronavirus hours before Australian Open begins

Fresh Covid-19  outbreak alerts for Sydney AND Melbourne as another hotel quarantine worker tests positive and NSW traveller is found to be infected two days after leaving lockdown

Another hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne has tested positive to coronavirus.

Health authorities confirmed late Sunday night that the employee at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport was tested last Wednesday and returned a negative result. 

They returned to work on Friday and developed symptoms before being tested again, which returned a positive result.

The latest case emerged less than 12 hours before the Australian Open tennis tournament gets underway in Melbourne on Monday morning.

NSW health authorities are also on high alert after a returned traveller tested positive after they were released from hotel quarantine in Sydney.

A full public health response is underway is now underway in relation to the latest case in Melbourne.

‘We are contacting Holiday Inn Airport workers and others who are considered primary close contacts,’ the Department of Health and Human Services announced late Sunday night.

Close contacts will be ordered to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and get tested. 

Exposure sites are being identified and will be published as soon as possible on the DHHS website. 

More to come