No new cases as southern Tasmania passes halfway point of COVID snap lockdown

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Premier Peter Gutwein says there have been no new COVID-19 cases detected in Tasmania, as the state’s southern region passes the halfway point of a three-day lockdown.

At a press conference on Sunday, Mr Gutwein said it was “very welcome news”.

The snap lockdown was declared on Friday over uncertainty about the movements of a 31-year-old NSW man with COVID who fled hotel quarantine and went to Hobart’s northern suburbs.

Authorities have identified 168 primary close contacts, of whom 95 have returned negative results.

Mr Gutwein said there had been another record day of testing, with a total of 1,769 tests collected.

No new exposure sites have been identified.

Mr Gutwein said testing continued to be high in the target areas. 

At the clinic at Gagebrook, 359 tests were conducted.

Asked if the lockdown would lift on Monday as planned, the Public Health director Mark Veitch indicated the decision would not be announced today.

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

“I’ll be in a much more confident position tomorrow.”

More to come.

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