Victoria surpasses virus-free benchmark

Victoria has made it to 29 days without recording a new COVID-19 infection.
Victoria has made it to 29 days without recording a new COVID-19 infection.

Victoria has surpassed the benchmark for eliminating coronavirus, recording a 29th straight day without a single new case.

No positive results were returned from more than 9000 tests in the past 24 hours.

At the peak of the second wave, on August 11, Victoria reached 7880 active cases.

The last COVID-19 patient in a Victorian hospital was discharged on Monday, leaving the state without an active case, and Friday marked four weeks since the last new case was diagnosed.

Health authorities say 28 days with no new infections means the virus has been eliminated from the community, given that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.

Victoria's milestone means other states will begin welcoming travellers from the state once more.

NSW lifted restrictions for Victorian travellers on Monday, while Queensland and South Australia will reopen thier borders from December 1.

Western Australia is now the only state or territory with closed borders to Victoria and no plan to reopen them.

Australian Associated Press