Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Australia has recorded its first day of no local cases of Covid-19 in nearly five months.
Zero cases were reported in the 24 hours between 20:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Saturday - the first time this has happened since 9 June.
The epicentre of Australia’s second wave, the state of Victoria reported no cases for the second day in a row after a 112-day lockdown in the state. Health officials say some restrictions may be eased in the following days.
The Health Minister Greg Hunt thanked the health and public health workers as well as the Australian people on his twitter account.
Australia has recorded some 27,500 infections and 900 deaths to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, which is less than many other countries.
Australia followed a policy of using lockdowns and proactive tests to contain the virus. The State of Victoria - where 90% of Covid deaths occurred – enforced some of the strictest stay-at-home and curfew rules in the world.
Victoria and its largest city Melbourne started to gradually reopen earlier this week after recording no new cases since June. People were finally able to freely leave their homes, retail stores, restaurants, cafes and bars could reopen and groups of up to 10 could start coming together.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews praised the state's six million residents for following such strict rules and said they were well placed for a "Covid-normal Christmas".