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Victoria’s COVID-19 figures ‘as good as it gets’ as virus-free streak continues

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Victoria has recorded another day of no new COVID-19 cases or deaths.

Victoria has recorded another day of no new COVID-19 cases or deaths, as a multi-million dollar boost was announced to extend the state's telehealth scheme.

There are now only three active cases of coronavirus in the state, with more than 14,000 tests done over the past day.

Only one of those patients caught the virus from an unknown source.

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Victoria's rolling coronavirus average remains at zero after recording 15 days of no new COVID-19 infections or deaths.

Victorian deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng called the figures, "about as good as it can get."

"As time goes on we are getting more and more confident that there are no new chains of transmission out there," he said.

Authorities are, however, conducting a major testing blitz in the northern city suburb of Hume and Weldon in the west, due to a high number of cases in both areas in previous weeks.

It aims to ensure any hidden chains of transmission are identified as the last restrictions are eased.

Million-dollar boost to Telehealth

Victoria's at-home medical care support system will get a boost as part of the upcoming state budget.

The government today announced a $120.9 million investment.

A man wearing a mask is seen walk past Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The package includes more than $100m for hospitals to provide at home support for patients, including in the areas of maternity, cancer treatment, mental health and aged care.

Lockdown to remain in place despite zero-case average

Despite reaching the latest milestone, the final restrictions in Victoria won't lift until next Sunday as planned.

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"There is just too much at stake to rush out of this," Premier Daniel Andrews said this week.

"This had seeded into our community like no other. You can't run, you can't sprint to COVID normal. It has to be done in a safe and steady way."

"Whether they're zero every day, that's not the aim. The aim is to have as low a numbers as possible and be able to stop the spread of this virus as we take safe and cautious steps to open up."

However, Melbournians are now able to go to regional Victoria without permission, with thousands expected to escape the city this weekend.

The NSW-Victoria border will reopen on Monday, 23 November, followed by South Australia on December 1.

Source: 9News

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