Victoria now COVID-free for 40 days but symptomatic travellers in hotel quarantine

Victoria has reached 40 consecutive days without a new COVID-19 case, but authorities are awaiting the test results from at least half a dozen symptomatic international arrivals who have landed in Melbourne in the past 48 hours.

Six symptomatic passengers are at the Novotel "hot hotel" at South Wharf, as well as 10 non-symptomatic passengers with complex health needs.

The Novotel is temporarily housing COVID-positive and suspected cases, while a ventilation issue is fixed at the city's second hot hotel – the Holiday Inn on Flinders.

Four flights were scheduled to arrive late on Tuesday night and authorities are expected to provide an update on any new symptomatic passengers on Wednesday morning.

The state's 40th "doughnut day" came after more than 11,500 Victorians were tested for the virus on Tuesday.

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