Australia's Victoria reports zero COVID-19 cases as lockdown ends


Australia's Victoria state reported zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 for the first time in nearly three weeks on Friday as state capital Melbourne came out of a snap two-week lockdown after an outbreak that has seen about 90 cases since May 24.

Melbourne exited the lockdown on Thursday night but some restrictions on travel and gathering will remain, including a rule that would force the city's five million residents to stay within 25 km of their homes.

Neighboring New South Wales (NSW) state and Queensland, meanwhile, are on virus alert after an infected woman and her husband traveled from Victoria through several country towns in both states.

The 44-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19 after reaching Queensland state and later passed the virus to her husband.

Cafes, restaurants, service stations and supermarkets in NSW and Queensland have been listed as virus hotspots, though Queensland officials said the couple was likely at the end of the infectious period and posed a low risk.

NSW, the country's most populous state, has not reported any locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in more than a month, while Queensland last reported cases in late March.

Queensland reported no locally acquired cases on Friday.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.

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Oh, look, a positive test!

Back in jail in 3... 2... 1...

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Is there still any doubt that lockdowns work? They are not authoritarian as many like to proclaim. They are aggressive and effective measures to control the spread of a deadly virus.

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Nip it in the bud

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