Victoria has now effectively eliminated the coronavirus, after officially making it 28 days of no new cases or deaths.
It’s been a long few months for the state, which battled a serious second wave of the virus while all other Australian states worked towards a Covid-normal.
After one of the harshest lockdowns in the world, the state can now celebrate having eliminated the virus.
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Health authorities believe that the 28 day mark signifies two whole incubation periods of the coronavirus, meaning that if no new cases were picked up during that time, it’s more than likely there’s no active cases to be found.
It comes as Melbournians continue to ease out of restrictions just in time for Christmas.
State borders are continuing to open to the state as well, with Tasmania welcoming back Victorians from today.
New South Wales welcomed them back earlier this week, and Queensland will welcome them back on Tuesday.
Congratulations Victoria, 28 consecutive days of 0 new cases reported 💕
Yesterday there were 0 lives lost and 9,828 test results received. There are 0 active cases.
More detail: https://t.co/pcll7ySEgz #StaySafeStayOpen #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/bOrsxTQn3q
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) November 26, 2020