Australia recovers from Coronavirus as it records zero new cases
Australia has recorded its first day of no local cases of Covid-19 in almost five months.
After a 112-day lockdown, the state of victoria reported Zero cases in the 24 hours between 20:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Saturday – the first time this has happened since 9 June.
With no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the rest of the country, Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said more restrictions may be eased in the coming days, but urged further compliance.
“What allowances come … will absolutely be informed by what this week looks like,” Sutton said at a televised press conference.
“To see 50,000 cases a day in France, to see Belgium sending patients outside the country because they’re so overwhelmed – that’s what we might have faced if we hadn’t been able to get on top of it.”
The nation of 25 million adopted an approach of using lockdowns and proactive testing and tracing to contain the virus, and Victoria – where 90% of Covid deaths occurred – imposed some of the severest stay-at-home and curfew rules in the world.
Victoria and its largest city Melbourne began to reopen earlier this week after recording no new community-transmitted cases since June. People were able to freely leave their homes, retail stores, restaurants, cafes, and bars could reopen and groups of up to 10 could start gathering.
Health Minister Greg Hunt commented on this victory saying on his Twitter account “Thank you to all of our amazing health & public health workers & above all else the Australian people”
The state of Victoria was a coronavirus hotspot that accounts for more than 90 percent of Australia’s 907 coronavirus related deaths.
Australia has recorded some 27,500 infections and 907 deaths to Covid-19 since the pandemic started – far fewer than many nations.