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Major milestone as zero active coronavirus cases achieved in Victoria (Australia)

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Victoria has no active coronavirus cases after the last patient was discharged from hospital.

It’s the first time in 269 days that Victoria hasn’t had an active case and comes after 25 consecutive days of zero infections.

Monash infectious diseases physician Rhonda Stuart said the last active case was an elderly man who was infected with his wife in early October.

She told 3AW his wife was discharged from hospital last week and the man was discharged on Tuesday night.

The joy was twofold for the hospital, with the team responsible for treating the country’s first coronavirus case also in charge of caring for Victoria’s last, the Herald Sun reported.

Dr Stuart told the newspaper there were “mixed emotions” as doctors farewelled the man, explaining battling the virus had been a “rollercoaster ride”.

“The whole treating team have gone on that journey with them, from being really concerned to now waiting out for us to release them as the last person from isolation in Victoria,” she said. “It’s a pretty remarkable story.”

Deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said the achievement was certainly a milestone for Victoria.

“It doesn’t mean the threat is gone, but certainly a milestone considering we had 7880 active cases on August 11,” he tweeted.

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Biggest Australian states reopen borders as coronavirus cases ease

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Australia’s two biggest states reunited in emotional scenes on Monday as the border – shut for only the second time in 101 years due to the coronavirus pandemic – reopened and the first flights since July landed in Sydney from Melbourne.

Friends, family and a musical duo in drag welcomed passengers as they disembarked Qantas flight QF401 at 7:20 a.m. (2020 GMT Sunday), the first of 26 flights scheduled between the two states on Monday.

“I can come and visit my father when I need to without having to worry about when I can get home,” one passenger said as she disembarked.

The border between New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria states closed in July due to an outbreak of COVID-19 around Melbourne – Australia’s second-largest city. It was the first such border closure since 1919 when Australia was battling the Spanish flu.

The outbreak in Victoria, which totalled more than 20,000 cases, was only contained after a stringent lockdown lasting more than 100 days.

But with Victoria going more than three weeks without detecting any COVID-19 infections, authorities made the decision to reopen the border much to the relief of separated families and the tourism and aviation sectors.

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Following three weeks of zero community transmission, lockdown restrictions are being further eased in Victoria, Australia

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Face masks will no longer be required outside in Victoria from midnight, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Victorians will still need to wear face masks indoors, and carry them outdoors in case they cannot physically distance.

“If you go to Bunnings and you are inside the store, you are wearing a mask. If you are in the car park, you do not have to wear your mask,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“But if you are queueing up for a sausage, and you are with other people, and you are simply not keeping a distance — you are part of a crowd, you need to put the mask on.”

Masks remain mandatory on public transport.

Indoor venues like cinemas, art galleries and museums will be able to host up to 150 people indoors.

The number of patrons allowed indoors at large hospitality venues will increase to 150, with total venue capacity capped at 300 — subject to a density quota of one person per four square metres in larger venues.

But for smaller hospitality venues, the density limit has been relaxed to allow one person per two square metres, with a limit of 50 customers.

Adult contact and non-contact sport will also be allowed to start up again.

For indoor sports there will be a limit of 150 people and a group size of up to 20, while outdoor sports can have up to 500 people in groups of up to 50.

Mr Andrews has also announced that Victorians will be allowed to have up to 30 visitors to their home per day by Christmas.

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Australia may see first week of no local COVID-19 transmissions

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Australia’s three most populous states on Saturday recorded at least a week with no local transmissions of the new coronavirus, boding well for the country’s recovery from the pandemic after a flare-up marred an impressive early response.

Victoria, the epicentre of the resurgence of the virus in recent months, recorded its 15th consecutive day of no new infections and no related deaths, two weeks after the state emerged from one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns.

The second-most populous state’s deputy chief health officer, Allen Cheng, told a news conference that the run of zero cases was “about as good as it can get”.

Neighbouring New South Wales, the most populous state, saw seven days without local transmissions, while Queensland has had no new community infections for two months. Both states saw a handful of new cases in managed quarantine among travellers from overseas.

This latest data may mean Australia can record its first week of no local transmissions since the start of the pandemic as the rest of the country has not seen any cases for weeks or months.

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Australia Records Three Days With No New Local Coronavirus Cases

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Australia has gone three consecutive days with no locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus for the first time since February.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Tuesday, stating that it had been more than 250 days since the country had recorded three days without a local case of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus could disappear in Australia if NSW and Victoria maintain control over next few weeks, experts say

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Coronavirus could “die out” in Australia entirely if New South Wales and Victoria stay on their current trajectory of low infections, according to two leading epidemiologists.

The two states are responsible for 90 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 cases and 96 per cent of deaths.

But as new infections flatline in Victoria after a months-long lockdown, and cases dwindle in NSW amid rampant contact tracing, some experts have now admitted COVID-19 could be eliminated in Australia, despite the fact it has never been the national strategy.

Yesterday Victoria recorded its seventh straight day of no new cases and NSW has recorded nine cases since Monday.

Hassan Vally, an epidemiologist from La Trobe University, said new infections should continue to be contained.

“NSW is the model, we have a low number of cases, the public health response stamps on any clusters and you keep everything under control,” he said.

“No-one knows what will happen over the next week in Victoria, but it’s not outside the bounds of possibility that we will see zero cases for another week or so and then technically we’ve eliminated the virus.”

Suppression, rather than elimination, was the goal of Victoria’s stage-four lockdown, while NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long maintained residents must learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is found.

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Australia’s Victoria completes full week with no COVID-19 cases

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Australia’s Victoria state reported its seventh consecutive day of zero locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Friday, suggesting a three-month strict lockdown in the city of Melbourne has successfully contained a second wave outbreak.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the state remained on track to ease travel curbs to allow movement between state capital Melbourne and other parts of the state on Sunday, but he urged people to remain vigilant.

“We can’t just pretend that seven days of zeros is like a vaccine against this virus, it isn’t,” Andrews told reporters.

A three-month lockdown was imposed in Melbourne to stall an outbreak that peaked at more than 700 new cases reported in a single day in early August.

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Experts hail addition of two more vaccines to Australia’s virus ‘portfolio’

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The expert in charge of two separate Australian clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine candidates says the latest vaccine agreement announced by the federal government is vital in helping the country eventually reopen fully next year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Thursday that Australia would spend $1.5 billion to add the Novavax and the Pfizer vaccines to the country’s eventual pool of available vaccines.

Australia now has agreements for four separate vaccine candidates, including the two announced on Thursday along with the University of Queensland vaccine and the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca candidate.

Paul Griffin, a clinical disease specialist and the local lead clinical trial investigator for Nucleus Network, which is running the Phase 1 and 2 studies of the Novavax vaccine as well as for the UQ/ CSL candidate, said the deal announced by the federal government did not detract from the deals already announced.

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Australia records no new COVID-19 cases for first time in five months

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Australia recorded no new daily coronavirus community infections on Sunday for the first time in nearly five months, health officials said, paving the way for further easing of social distancing restrictions.

The state of Victoria, a coronavirus hot spot which accounts for more than 90% of Australia’s 907 coronavirus-related deaths, saw zero new daily infections and no deaths for the second consecutive day.

With no fresh cases of COVID-19 recorded in the rest of the country, Australia saw its first day of no transmissions since June 9, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

“Thank you to all of our amazing health & public health workers & above all else the Australian people,” Hunt said on his Twitter account.

Swift and stringent measures combined with community compliance have been credited for reigning in the pandemic before it strained the public health system in Australia.

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