Victoria Records No Virus Cases for Fifth Day Running

Victoria Records No Virus Cases for Fifth Day Running
People enjoy outdoor dining at Tusk Cafe in Prahran on October 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Victoria has recorded no new virus cases and no deaths for a fifth consecutive day.

The figures, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Nov. 4, bring Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average to 1.7 cases.

The city has recorded two mystery cases for the fortnight to Nov. 1.

Regional Victoria has not recorded a new case in more than a fortnight.

Health authorities, however, believe there are still undetected cases in the state.

Victoria’s Commander of Testing Jeroen Weimar warns of a “long road ahead” before the state can return to “COVID-normal.”

“We’re not over this by any means,” he told reporters in St Kilda on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a long way to go to make sure we identify any remaining areas of transmission.”

Weimar said there are “absolutely” more undetected cases of COVID-19 in the community.

“It’s our job to be really vigilant,” he said.

He encouraged anyone with a runny nose, sore throat or any other COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.

There are now 38 active cases in Victoria, the lowest number since the government began recording them on March 29.

It came as police were out in force at an anti-lockdown protest outside parliament house in Melbourne.

There were 404 protesters arrested, with a female senior sergeant taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken arm.

Another 395 fines will also be handed out for a range of offences including assaulting police and coronavirus rule breaches.

With Flemington Racecourse closed to punters for the 160th running of the Melbourne Cup, pubs and bars filled up quickly amid cap limits of 50 people outdoors and 20 indoors.

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

The state’s virus death toll remains at 819 and the national figure at 907.

By Benita Kolovos
Australian Associated Press is an Australian news agency.
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