Victoria records 19th zero virus day

 

Victoria has recorded its 19th straight day of zero new coronavirus cases and no deaths.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed zero new infections and no deaths on Wednesday morning.

The number of active cases remains steady at three, while there are no infections from an unknown source.

A total of 17,354 COVID-19 tests results were received in the past 24 hours, which remained steady from the 17,412 on Tuesday.

That number was significantly more than the 6695 received on Monday, which had dropped dramatically from the 20,819 people tested last Thursday.

The last positive cases of coronavirus in Victoria were on October 30 when four infections were recorded.

Victoria hasn't recorded 19 or more consecutive days of zero new COVID-19 cases since between February 1 and 21.

Victoria has recorded 20,345 coronavirus cases and 819 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 19,523 people having recovered as of Tuesday.

 

 

Two Victorians are in hospital with coronavirus.

It comes as Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley urged South Australians coming to Victoria to only travel if it was essential.

"If you're planning to travel from South Australia to Victoria, please don't come right now and only restrict it to essential travel," he told Today.

"The exception is the border communities where we will continue the bubble that is in

place for the small regional border towns."

Health officials are also meeting every flight from Adelaide into Melbourne Airport to complete temperature checking and take personal details of travellers.

 

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

 

Interstate truck drivers travelling through Victoria from South Australia have also be asked to get tested for coronavirus to prevent any spread of the current outbreak in Adelaide. A testing site has been set up at Nhill on the Western Highway.

It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews continued to urge Victorians to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

"We've come so far, you've built this precious thing, let's safeguard it," he said.

"That means each of us have to make good choices. No one wants to go back into lockdown and we all have to play our part to ensure that doesn't happen.

"There will be cases in the future, there will be outbreaks and we will manage those well. But testing is critical, it's just the most important thing."

jack.paynter@news.com.au

Originally published as Victoria records 19th zero virus day



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