Victoria records no new coronavirus cases or deaths for 24 days

Victoria records no new coronavirus cases or deaths for 24 days

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus or deaths for the 24th day in a row, the state’s health department says.

One case remains active in the state.

The Department of Health and Human Services said 7,261 tests had been received since the last update.

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Melbourne University epidemiologist Tony Blakely said Victoria was edging closer every day to eliminating the virus.

“Twenty-eight days is the official or working definition (of elimination) and that will happen on Thursday or Friday depending on how you count it and that will be our celebration of elimination day,” Professor Blakely said.

“What we’ve also learned is that we have to expect that it will get back in at some point between now and when we get the vaccine but we’re learning to live with this virus and stamp it out.”

Professor Blakely said Victorians should feel confident it had eliminated the virus, even though the number of people getting tested had dropped.

He said the widespread sewage testing being carried out would identify any areas where there may be active cases.

“Most of the results that come up at the moment will be what we call ‘false positives’ and that’s because we don’t think there is any community transmission out there, so any positive tests are likely to be someone infected a long time ago, shedding.”

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