The Victorian Department of Health has provided an update on two cases in the state’s COVID-19 outbreak.

In a Tweet this evening, the Department of Health announced that “two cases linked to this outbreak have been declared false positives” according to “analysis by an expert review panel” and retesting through the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory. “These cases will be reclassified and no longer considered confirmed cases.”

The two non-cases were previously described as examples of ‘fleeting transmission’, part of the basis for Victoria’s strict lockdown.

Infectious disease experts have disputed the state government’s rhetoric with regard to the Kappa variant, according to The Age and The Guardian.

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien called on the government to reconsider its decision to extend the lockdown. “If the basis for the lockdown extension turned out to be false, it should end.”