Australia recorded no new daily coronavirus community infections on November 1 for the first time in nearly five months, health officials said, paving the way for further easing of social distancing restrictions. This is reported by Reuters.
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.
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.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reported 9,024,298 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 99,750 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,009 to 229,109.