Australia reported no new daily COVID-19 community infections on Sunday for the first time in nearly five months, giving way to further easing of social distancing restrictions.
The state of Victoria, a coronavirus hot spot which accounts for more than 90% of Australia’s 907 coronavirus-related deaths, saw zero new daily infections and no deaths for the second consecutive day.
With no fresh cases of COVID-19 recorded in the rest of the country, Australia saw its first day of no transmissions since June 9. Swift and stringent measures combined with community compliance have been credited for reigning in the pandemic before it strained the public health system in Australia.
Australia has reported just over 27,500 cases since the pandemic started due to its quickly closing its international borders and imposing social distancing restrictions and widespread testing and tracing.