Premier Daniel Andrews has dismissed reports the United Kingdom coronavirus variant was previously introduced into the Victorian community. The Doherty Institute in Melbourne claimed to have detected a mutant strain of the virus in Victoria in June – which scientists believe was a precursor to the new UK variant. “Any reporting about the UK variant not being new to Victoria is simply wrong,” Mr Andrews said this morning. “The strain we are talking about at the moment that is so much more infectious is not here, has not been here and it is our aim to keep it out.” He said while different strains of the virus had been detected in Victoria from foreign countries – including from the UK – the current variant was different. Mr Andrews also commended Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for her decision to place Greater Brisbane into a strict three-day lockdown after a case of the new UK strain was detected in a Brisbane hotel quarantine cleaner. “Problems in one part of Australia become problems for the whole country If we don’t manage these things consistently and well,” he said. Victoria recorded zero new locally acquired infections overnight.


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