Coronavirus: Victoria extends 'fantastic' trend amid warning

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·1-min read

Victoria has recorded another day of no new coronavirus cases, extending its streak to five days.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced zero new cases and no further deaths on Wednesday.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has fallen to 1.7, while there are two mystery cases over a two-week period.

People enjoy the warm weather on Melbourne's St Kilda Beach on Tuesday. Source: AFP via Getty
People enjoy the warm weather on Melbourne's St Kilda Beach on Tuesday. Source: AFP via Getty

Virus lurking in the community, health authorities believe

Amid growing optimism on Tuesday, the DHHS’s testing chief Jeroen Weimar warned Victorians there was likely more virus lingering in the community.

“There will be other cases out there in the community that we haven't found yet," he told reporters.

"We're not over this by any means.

"We've got a long way to go to make sure we identify any remaining areas of transmission."

However, he praised the state’s residents for their increased testing rates, with more than 232,000 performed in the past two weeks.

"It's a really phenomenal and really consistent trend," he said.

"And that's a key part to keeping our case numbers to this fantastically low number."

As of Tuesday, there were 38 known active cases across the state.

Thousands flocked to beaches in St Kilda, Brighton and Williamstown, with many flouting orders to wear masks unless in the water.

Professor Archie Clements, an epidemiologist at Curtin University, told Yahoo News Australia he believes eradication of the virus could come “very quickly” for Victoria and the rest of the nation.

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