No new cases of Covid in Tasmania as state passes halfway point of snap lockdown

Angie RaphaelNCA NewsWire
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Tasmania has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 overnight, as the state’s south nears the end of its snap three-day lockdown.

But Public Health director Mark Veitch said a decision on whether the lockdown would end on Monday as initially planned would not be made on Sunday.

“We’ve not identified any cases, but we still have about half the close contacts to get information on,” he said.

“I‘ll be in a much more confident position to provide advice about that tomorrow.”

The snap lockdown was announced on Friday after a 31-year-old NSW man infected with Covid-19 fled hotel quarantine.

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Camera IconTasmanian Public Health director Mark Veitch is yet to reveal whether he will advise the government to end the lockdown on Monday as originally planned. Chris Kidd Credit: News Corp Australia

Dr Veitch noted the man had been unwilling to co-operate with contact tracers.

“I think the fact of the man not disclosing all the places that he’s been, does dent my confidence to be able to say I’m absolutely certain that we’ve contacted all of the primary close contacts,” he said.

“I‘m pretty confident we’ve contacted almost all, if not all of the primary contacts who have been at the places that we’ve identified where he’s been.”

Authorities have identified 168 primary close contacts, with 95 so far returning negative results.

Eleven of the 15 household contacts have so far tested negative, with the other results expected later on Sunday.

Premier Peter Gutwein said a record 1769 tests had been conducted overnight and there were no new exposure sites.

“I want to thank Tasmanians for stepping forward to be tested, which is giving our public health officials great confidence,” he said.

“Testing continues to be high in the target areas.”

Mr Gutwein said Tasmania had a double vaccination rate of 68.4 per cent and he expected to surpass 70 per cent within days.

More than 1000 vehicles had been checked, with 90 turned around.

Police also issued 16 infringement notices and arrested two people.

One man was arrested for an unrelated matter, but then as part of the investigation officers learnt he had held a gathering outside of restrictions. He was fined $778 for the breach.

Another man who was allegedly not wearing a mask and became abusive towards officers was also arrested and he will face court, police said.

Originally published as No new cases of Covid in Tasmania as state passes halfway point of snap lockdown

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