A Victorian man contracted COVID-19 in a Perth quarantine hotel before travelling to Melbourne this week.

The man arrived in Melbourne on April 21 and was advised immediately upon his arrival that he was deemed a close contact of a positive case because the virus was transmitting on the man’s hotel floor.

As a result, he travelled directly home and has been isolating ever since, Health Minister Martin Foley said.

Health Minister Martin Foley this week. Credit:Meredith O’Shea

The man received his positive test result on Friday morning in Victoria.

As a result, the case is considered to belong to the state of Victoria and the state’s run of zero local transmission has ended, Mr Foley said.

The asymptomatic man has three household contacts. Authorities are now working to contact all other people on Qantas flight QF778, and his movements in the airport are being investigated.

“This is an important and timely reminder this global pandemic is not over,” Mr Foley said.

“Victorians have been down this path. We know the drill … We will do the right thing to keep this [to] one case, at the moment.”

Mr Foley said he was not aware how many people were on the Qantas flight.

He said the man was wearing a mask at the airport and “did all the right things” after being informed he was a close contact after stepping off the plane.

He has since chosen to stay at a quarantine hotel and the government facilitated his safe transfer.

More to come.

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