Positive infections as a result of dead virus shedding is threatening to throw the Australian Open into chaos, with several cases already reclassified.
It comes as another three COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine were linked to the tennis overnight.
But Premier Daniel Andrews flagged “a number have been reclassified as shedding” rather than being actively infected.
“That’s the key point – are they reclassifications that affect more than just the person who has been reclassified,” he told reporters on Tuesday morning.
“Do they, in fact, take a cohort out of the hard lockdown? That’s not necessarily the number one concern. The number one concern is, in fact, the likelihood of other positive cases.
“So if you’ve got say 30 people who are deemed a close contact because they’ve been on a plane with a case, and the case is no longer an active case but a historic shedding, well then, that would release those people from that hard lockdown.”
Mr Andrews said the chief health officer’s media release provided later on Tuesday would reveal “as much detail as it possibly can” about the reclassifications.
All charted flights carrying tennis players and their teams have now landed in Melbourne, with everyone on-board tucked away in hotel quarantine.
There have been no locally acquired infections across Victoria for 13 straight days. There are 34 active cases in Victoria.
The Australian Open is scheduled to start on February 8.