No new cases as Vic awaits lockdown call
Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus, emboldening hopes of the state's snap five-day lockdown ending.
The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed the state reported no new COVID-19 cases on the final day of its five-day "circuit breaker" lockdown.
Almost 40,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to midnight on Tuesday and there are 25 active cases across the state.
It comes as Victorians nervously wait to learn if its lockdown - prompted by the more infectious UK strain escaping from the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport - will be lifted at midnight on Wednesday as planned.
Senior Victorian government ministers met on Tuesday night to finalise plans to drop the lockdown, the Herald Sun reports.
A final decision was expected to be rubber-stamped when they met again at 8am on Wednesday, with an announcement tipped before parliament sits at midday.
Premier Daniel Andrews earlier flagged it was unlikely the state would return to the previous rules immediately.
"We'll still have to wear masks in a number of settings," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"There will still be limits to the number of people that can come to your home. All those things that have served us well.
"We are looking to get back to as close as to what that kind of resting COVID normal was as we can, but we've got to do it safely."
Schools will reopen after shutting down for three days, while some tennis spectators are expected to return to the Australian Open for the final days of the tournament.
Tickets are available online for Thursday's day and night sessions.
International flights into Melbourne have been diverted during the lockdown, and the state government has confirmed flights will not resume on Thursday.
Mr Andrews said authorities are looking at constructing purpose-built quarantine accommodation outside of central Melbourne, based on the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria has confirmed a "small group" of employees move between hotels and another office.
Managers, executive staff and clinical leaders work for Healthcare Australia, the group that provides medical services for "cold hotels", travel between their St Kilda Road office and quarantine hotels on some days.
"These staff members may be required to enter a green zone in quarantine hotel to oversee HCA teams on site, but there is no requirement for them to enter a red zone or have contact with residents," a CQV spokeswoman told AAP.
A key recommendation of Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry interim report stipulated that "every effort must be made to ensure that all personnel working at the facility are not working across multiple quarantine sites".
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