Australia's second-wave virus hotspot records zero active cases

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Sydney, Nov. 24 (BNA): The state that was at the centre of Australia's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday recorded no active Covid-19 cases for the first time in nearly nine months.


"The last time there were zero active cases in the state was February 29," Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services tweeted on Tuesday, according to Deutsche press agency (dpa). 


"We send thanks to you, for doing your part. Let's keep it up, Victoria."


The last active case was a man in his 90s who was discharged from hospital on Monday.


The country's second most populous state has recorded 25 consecutive "doughnut days" with no new coronavirus cases or deaths.


The state government and local media have been using the doughnut as a symbol of sweet victory to tally Victoria's ongoing post-lockdown success.


Victoria made international headlines for its strict "stage-four" lockdown, which was imposed early August when when new daily infections were topping 700. 


Under the heavily-policed restrictions, a six-week night-time curfew was imposed, residents could only travel within 5 kilometres of their homes and were limited to one hour of daily outdoor exercise.


Most remaining restrictions were eased on October 28. In total, the state capital Melbourne - a city of 4.9 million residents - had been under "stay at home" orders for 112 days.


Australia has been taking a swift and stringent lockdown approach alongside rigorous testing and contact tracing to curb the spread of the virus.


Since the start of the pandemic, the nation of around 25 million people has recorded just over 27,800 coronavirus cases - significantly a lower per capita rate than most developed countries.



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