Victoria close to ‘eliminating’ COVID-19, with zero new cases and mask rules set to ease

Victoria has recorded 23 consecutive days of no new coronavirus cases or deaths, paving the way for the state to further ease restrictions on Sunday, including the strict rules mandating masks.

The state is now a handful of days away from reaching 28 days without a mystery case — widely considered to be the definition of eliminating COVID-19.

Premier Daniel Andrews today is expected to announce increased density limits for indoor businesses and activities, and the removal of mandatory mask wearing outdoors if people are socially distant.

On Saturday, the number of active cases in the state dropped to one – an immunocompromised person who remains in hospital, according to Health Minister Martin Foley.

The last case of unknown transmission in Victoria was recorded on October 29. Extending that streak to Thursday would meet the state government's goal for "COVID-normal", which would trigger a further easing of restrictions.

Meanwhile there are 34 active cases in South Australia, where at least 20 detectives are investigating the Adelaide pizza shop where an employee on a temporary graduate visa lied to contact tracers, plunging South Australia into the hardest lockdown in the country.

Upon discovering the lie, authorities moved to end the planned six-day lockdown early with the state repealing state at home orders as of midnight last night.

The pizza store worker, who initially claimed he was a customer at the Woodville Pizza Bar, is a 36-year-old Spanish man, lawfully in Australia on a temporary graduate visa which is due to expire in mid-December.

The pizza shop in Adelaide's north has been under police guard since Premier Steven Marshall made the shock revelations about the worker's lie on Friday.

  • With Tom Cowie, Natassia Chrysanthos

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