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Vic investigates ‘weak optimistic’ case

A Victorian “weak positive” coronavirus test result remains under investigation as health authorities meet to decide on their response to WA’s lockdown.

A man in his 30s returned an “indeterminate” test result on Saturday night, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, two days after he tested negative.

“Out of an abundance of caution, public health actions have been taken, including isolating and testing all close contacts of the case,” the DHHS said in its daily statement.

“Initial repeat follow-up tests of the case and those of close contacts are negative but further investigations are ongoing.”

Also on Sunday evening, the DHHS said Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was meeting with health officials over the WA lockdown.

Metropolitan Perth, the Peel region and the South West region went into a five-day lockdown on Sunday because of a hotel quarantine worker’s infection.

Victoria had a clean coronavirus slate on Sunday, with no new local cases and none in hotel quarantine.

Victoria now has 20 active cases and there were 10,681 test results to midnight on Saturday.

It is 25 days since Victoria last had a new confirmed local case.

Earlier, the Victorian government announced 450 additional metropolitan and regional train services, plus an off-peak fare discount, as it tries to lure commuters back to public transport.

A new online tool called RideSpace aims to give metropolitan train passengers real-time information about crowds on services and platforms.

“They can have real peace of mind,” said Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll.

He added the public transport network is “clean as a whistle”.

The 30 per cent off-peak fare discount will run for the next three months.

There are only three active positive cases still in the Australian Open hotel quarantine – one of them a player – with the vast majority of personnel released by Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state opposition has blasted a newspaper report that about 5000 inmates are to be released from prison early because of coronavirus.

“It’s a real worry when ordinary Victorians are treated worse than our prisoners … it just does not seem fair,” said shadow corrections spokesman David Southwick.

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