Double doughnuts: Victoria records no new cases of COVID-19

Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus and no new cases in hotel quarantine just days after emerging from a snap lockdown.

There were 17,701 tests processed on Friday and there are now 25 active coronavirus cases across the state.

As Australia prepares to roll out the first round of vaccinations on Monday, anti-vaccination protesters are set to converge on capital cities and regional towns across the nation.

Organisers say they are “against mandatory COVID vaccinations” but health experts have already rejected calls for mandatory vaccinations.

On Friday, the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn coronavirus cluster grew to 22 cases, and one person was admitted to intensive care.

The Department of Health said the patient was in a stable condition in hospital on Friday but did not reveal their age, gender or how the person was linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

The three new locally acquired cases of coronavirus reported on Friday – a child and two parents – were traced back to the family’s stay at the quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the three tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. One of the adults and the child had quarantined at the hotel in early February after returning from overseas.

The pair were housed on the third floor of the Holiday Inn, the same level as a man is his 30s who used a nebuliser. Health authorities believe he is the index case of the outbreak.

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