Two of Victoria’s 63 coronavirus cases are struck out as false positives with their close contacts released for isolation and venue alerts cancelled
- Two Covid cases in Victoria’s latest outbreak declared false positives
Two Covid cases among the 63 in Victoria’s most recent outbreak have been declared as false positives by health officials.
The Department of Health issued a statement on Twitter just before 6pm Thursday saying the cases were a woman who was thought to have caught the virus at a Metricon display house and a man at the Brighton Beach Hotel.
‘Following analysis by an expert review panel and retesting through the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, two cases have been declared false positives,’ the department said.
Two cases in Victoria’s latest Covid cluster declared false positives (pictured: testing staff in full PPE at the Deer Park testing facility in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 1, 2021)
The department said positive test results are revisited once initial isolation measures for the person and their close contacts have been established.
‘Cases continue to be reviewed as further information comes to hand,’ health officials said.
‘Once contacts are isolated and public health measures are in place, those cases can be re-evaluated, their test results can be re-run and further investigations can be conducted.’
The statement confirmed the Metricon site and the Brighton Beach Hotel are to remain on the government’s list of exposure sites because they are linked to other cases.
Health workers conduct COVID-19 testing at the Montague Street centre in South Melbourne, Friday May 28, 2021