Coronavirus Victoria: Key statistic hits impressive 12-day high

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Victoria has extended its impressive streak of no new coronavirus cases to a twelfth day.

Mystery cases over two weeks have remained at one while there are just four active cases across the state, the Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday.

There were 19,986 tests processed in the previous 24 hours – the highest daily rate for 12 days, since over 23,000 tests on October 30.

Premier Daniel Andrews has repeatedly stressed the importance of high testing rates if the state is to continue on its path to a COVID-norm.

The run of zero cases matches NSW’s 12-day run of no known locally acquired cases in early October.

Victorians continue to move towards a COVID-norm. Source: Getty
Victorians continue to move towards a COVID-norm. Source: Getty

Flights to resume as Victoria opens up

As the state continues to open up, Victoria's second largest airport Avalon has announced twice-daily Jetstar services to and from Sydney from December 18, after NSW's decision to reopen its border with Victoria on November 23.

Flights at the airport, north of Geelong, ground to a halt in March as the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia.

Flights from New Zealand into Melbourne were able to resume on Monday after being ticked off by Premier Daniel Andrews.

It comes as health authorities plan a large-scale asymptomatic testing blitz.

The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to roll out the nation's first asymptomatic testing push, with the local government areas of Hume and Wyndham reportedly a focus.

Hume and Wyndham, along with Brimbank in Melbourne's west, have been hit hard by COVID-19, recording almost 6000 infections since the start of the pandemic.

Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said 12,955 Victorians were tested for COVID-19 on Monday, providing authorities with a "really strong and consistent picture".

Mr Andrews said Victoria's testing rates during the past fortnight were the best in Australia.

The state's virus death toll remains at 819 and the national figure is 907.

Nationwide, Tuesday marked the third day without a locally acquired case – the first time this has occurred since February.

with AAP

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