Victoria has reached a landmark two weeks of no new coronavirus cases.
In turn it means the intently-followed 14-day rolling average has fallen to zero – a remarkable achievement and one that appeared unlikely weeks ago as health authorities struggled to suppress the tail end of the second wave.
The impressive milestone of 14 days without a new cases is the trigger point for the fourth step on Premier Daniel Andrews’ roadmap out of restrictions.
He has pencilled in further changes for November 22 which could see indoor and outdoor gathering limits substantially expanded.
There are three remaining active cases across the state.
There have been zero deaths across the two-week period meaning the state’s death toll remains at 819.
There were 12,0001 tests processed in the previous 24 hours, with Mr Andrews calling the recent testing rates “truly impressive”.
Federal push for eased restrictions
Victoria’s surprise descent to what appears close to eradication of the virus is likely to see Prime Minister Scott Morrison call for a quicker reopening of the nation at Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.
However medical experts have warned Australia must proceed with caution despite streaks of zero cases.
Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid said allowing large gatherings, more people indoors, returns to workplaces and public transport could deliver the wrong message.
"It represents a significant change in direction, sending a message to the community that will drive complacency," Dr Khorshid said.
"Living with the threat of COVID-19 means that sensible restrictions must remain part of our lives for the foreseeable future."
Mr Andrews announced on Friday that $155 million from the state's upcoming budget will go towards establishing the Australian Institute for Infectious Disease at the University of Melbourne in Parkville.
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