Victorian parliament closed as security guard tests positive to covid

Victoria’s parliament is closed for urgent cleaning after security guard tests positive to coronavirus – as politicians nervously wait to see if they need to be tested

  • Parliamentary security guard tests positive on Thursday for coronavirus  
  • Victoria’s politicians are on standby to see if they need to be tested for covid 
  • It’s not known whether he was working when Parliament sat earlier this month 
  • Victoria’s Parliament House and grounds are now closed for urgent cleaning 

A security guard at Victoria’s Parliament House has tested positive for coronavirus.

Victoria’s Parliament House and grounds have been closed for cleaning and contact tracing has begun. 

Politicians are waiting on advice from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to see if they need individual testing, although some have already taken this precaution.

The security guard tested positive on Thursday to the virus.

Victoria's Parliament House pictured on Sunday. A security guard has tested positive to coronavirus, prompting the closure of Parliament for deep cleaning

Victoria’s Parliament House pictured on Sunday. A security guard has tested positive to coronavirus, prompting the closure of Parliament for deep cleaning

The Parliament of Victoria building and grounds (pictured on Sunday) are closed until further notice. The Legislative Council is scheduled to sit again on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is not known whether this will be affected

The Parliament of Victoria building and grounds (pictured on Sunday) are closed until further notice. The Legislative Council is scheduled to sit again on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is not known whether this will be affected

It is not yet known whether he was infectious and working when parliament sat earlier this month.

The Legislative Assembly sat on September 3 and 4, while the Legislative Council sat on September 1 and 2, according to the Parliament of Victoria website. 

Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks and Legislative Council President Nazih Elasmar said in a joint statement on Sunday that the contracted security guard had stayed home on the day and started to feel unwell.

‘Deep cleaning of the areas where the person worked in the building has been undertaken and is continuing. This is on top of the ongoing high-level cleaning already undertaken in Parliament House each weekday,’ the statement said.

Parliament House and grounds have been closed for cleaning until further notice, however it is likely they may be re-opened in time for the Legislative Council’s next scheduled sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Victoria recorded 41 new coronavirus cases on Sunday bringing the state’s total to 19,835 with 723 deaths, the DHHS said in an emailed release.

There are 1,157 active cases of which 116 are in hospital and 11 in intensive care.

More to come.   

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