While one Australian state is struggling through a second spike in coronavirus cases, other states have found themselves in wildly different positions at the end of this week.
Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced there were 66 new cases of coronavirus in the state. This comes after announcing 77 new cases of the virus in the state yesterday.
Meanwhile, both Queensland and NSW today reported they have recorded zero new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
NSW announced the good news after midday, saying no new cases had been reported in the community or within the returned travellers being held in hotel quarantine.
Queensland also reported no new cases today — the state will ease some of its restrictions today.
This includes being allowed up to 100 people at their home for a party, being allowed 100 guests at a wedding, and being allowed to go to casinos and food courts in Queensland.
Meanwhile in Victoria, the number of cases has now risen to a total of 2368.
There are 442 active cases in Victoria and 23 of those are being treated in hospital. Testing has also been greatly expanded in the state over the past week and 24,000 people were tested in Victoria yesterday.
“Seventeen of those (new cases) are connected to contained outbreaks, a single case connected to hotel quarantine, 20 are the result of routine testing and 28 of those 66 cases are under investigation,” Mr Andrews said today.
Mr Andrews said it was too early in the piece to discuss trends but said the situation was better than cases “doubling and doubling again”.
The state’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said 10,000 people had refused virus tests. She told reporters she was concerned “some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won’t impact on them, so what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus”.
She said during her briefing the postcodes reporting the highest number of cases were 3064, 3031, 3047 and 3060 — this includes suburbs Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Flemington, Broadmeadows and Fawkner.
Originally published as NSW records zero new virus cases