An interstate traveller was close to stopping Victoria’s streak of “doughnut days” after they returned a mild positive result for coronavirus on Sunday.
But health authorities determined the person – who had previously tested positive – not to be a fresh infection.
Department of Health and Human Services testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the individual from Western Australia had previously tested positive and then declared free of COVID-19 “a number of weeks ago”.
“We picked them up again yesterday (Sunday),” he told reporters on Monday.
“It was a very low level of viral load. It was approved by both the chief health officer and expert panel last night and determined not to be a positive case and therefore was not included in our numbers.”
DHHS testing commander Jeroen Weimar says a mild positive picked up on Sunday was a case from a number of weeks ago who was shedding the virus. Picture: Daniel Pockett/NCA NewsWireSource:News Corp Australia
Mr Weimar explained people could continue to shed traces of coronavirus even after the 14-day quarantine period.
“Those are not judged to be infectious,” he said.
“They present no risk to the wider community, there’s no risk of onward transmission, but they’re still shedding traces of the virus, and we’re picking this up in areas like sewage testing and, of course, sometimes even when we’re doing repeat nasal swabs, we still pick up possible traces.”
It comes as Victoria recorded its 10th straight day of zero new coronavirus cases on Monday while residents woke to a range of scrapped restrictions and new-found freedoms.
There are just two cases with an unknown source and four active cases across the state.
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