Two men who died from coronavirus had no idea they had contracted the deadly respiratory virus, and were being treated for cancer in hospital.
The two patients, both in their 70s, died on Wednesday night at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne – making them the first Victorian victims.
Two others patients at the hospital have also tested positive for COVID-19, as well as three oncology ward staff.
Dozens of staff at the south-east Melbourne hospital have since been tested amid fears many more may be infected.
The source of the hospital’s outbreak is currently unknown.
The two men died at the Alfred Hospital (pictured on Thursday) after contracting coronavirus
There have been 14 deaths from coronavirus in Australia, with 3,573 cases recorded nationwide
A spokesman for the hospital confirmed a full investigation was underway, and that those who had contact with the patients have since been notified. They are now in isolation.
A full investigation, including contact tracing, is being undertaken to identify the source of transmission, which is still unknown.
Those who had contact with the patients have been notified and have isolated in line with current health advice and guidelines.
A man is seen wearing a face mask as a preventative measure against the coronavirus in Melbourne on Wednesday (pictured)
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,711
New South Wales: 2,182
Western Australia: 364
South Australia: 337
Australian Capital Territory: 80
Northern Territory: 19
TOTAL CASES: 4,711
Alfred Health chief executive Prof Andrew Way admitted the situation was ‘devastating’ for staff.
‘It is important that we complete the contact tracing to truly understand what has happened, and I appreciate how upsetting this is for everyone involved,’ Prof Way said.
‘This situation highlights how devastating the virus can be for vulnerable patients.
‘I urge the community to follow health advice and to self-isolate if they’re unwell. We need to act now to protect those at risk in our community.’
It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a host of new restrictions on Friday, with all arrivals in Australia from overseas now being put into quarantine.
From 11.50pm on Saturday, all travellers arriving in the country will be escorted off flights by defence force personnel and whisked away to new quarantine hotels.
Several are being set up across state capitals.
Mr Morrison announced the measures on Friday, more than a week after the Ruby Princess debacle that saw 3,000 cruise ship passengers disembark in Sydney without a single health check.
People are seen lining up to get coronavirus tests at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (pictured) on March 13
It comes as the first arrivals – 288 passengers from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship – continue to reside inside the Swissotel in Sydney’s CBD, under the watchful eye of police (pictured)
Since then, 162 of the ship’s passengers have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
The new arrivals will now spend two weeks mandatory self-isolation under the close watch of border force officials, before getting the all clear to return home.
It comes as the first arrivals – 288 passengers from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship – continue to reside inside the Swissotel in Sydney’s CBD, after being quietly ferried in the hotel’s back door at 4am on Thursday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the latest strict measures during a press conference on Friday (pictured)
The infections took place at the Alfred Hospial in Melbourne (pictured) where a total of four patients have tested positive for COVID-19
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