Two new local cases, second quarantine hotel evacuated in Melbourne

Melbourne’s coronavirus cluster has grown again this morning, with another two local cases diagnosed overnight.

Both cases are understood to be household contacts of previous cases, which is a slight relief as the state enters its fourth day of a five-day lockdown.

The cluster linked to the Holiday Inn has now reached 19 infections.


It comes as Melbourne’s ‘hot hotel’ where COVID-19 infections are housed prepares to get evacuated this morning after a sprinkler system caused water damage to a number of floors.

31 people will be moved from the facility on Flinders Street to the Pullman Albert Park Hotel, which was used to quarantine Australian Open players recently.

Victorian officials are expected to provide more details later this morning.

Meantime, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been nominated for a prestigious political award over his handling of the coronavirus in Melbourne.

He’s up for The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, which recognises politicians who ‘successfully tackled vital issues of public policy, overcame adversity and achieved real change for the public good’.

That’s despite the Premier overseeing the state’s hotel quarantine bungle and the deadly second wave.

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Echoes of New York where the leader there presided over a bungled operation ,lead to many more deaths yet got a prize, since found to have concealed deaths .I dont know who hands out these prizes but they really need to wake up