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“All Victorians have stepped up” since the NSW outbreak began, Mr Foley says.
He said the low numbers of community transmission in NSW was “an important achievement” but that Victoria was continuing to monitor the situation north of the border.
He again thanked Victorians for adhering to restrictions and physical distancing measures.
The Black Rock cluster was first notified to authorities on December 30. There have been 27 cases linked to that outbreak.
Mr Foley said “through that combination of efforts” from Victorians, the state had managed to reach zero community transmission cases in just seven days.
“So I want to thank not just the over 200,000 Victorians who have been tested over that period of time, but I also want to thank the some 3,200 close contacts that our contact tracing team have identified … many of whom are still quarantining today,” he said.
He said while it was a “significant achievement”, people could “not rest on our laurels” until the community was vaccinated against the virus.
“We know there will continue to be outbreaks over the course of 2021,” he said.
He said there could always be “leakage” of the virus from hotel quarantine, as seen in NSW, SA and Queensland “and of course the second wave in Victoria”.
Mr Foley said he was pleased to see NSW yesterday announce it was adopting a similar testing regime to Victoria for staff in the hotel quarantine system.