Vastavam web: 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. 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. Queensland voters kept on Saturday the incumbent Labor Party for a third term, showing support for keeping the state’s internal borders closed – which has put the local authorities at odds with the federal government.
Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton hinted on Sunday that the state may see more of its public movement restrictions 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. Australia has reported just over 27,500 cases since the pandemic started due to it quickly closing its international borders and imposing social distancing restrictions and widespread testing and tracing. Australia on Friday warned its citizens not to travel to the United States, its key ally, due to the risk of protest violence and coronavirus.