Virus-free: Victoria hits stunning COVID milestone


From almost 8,000 active cases in August and more than 800 deaths in the Australian state of Victoria to the elimination of the coronavirus: It's an achievement that one Melbourne doctor says he thought was unthinkable only three months ago.

The Department of Health and Human services (DHHS) said the woman was diagnosed with coronavirus in late July and was cleared as an active case in late September.

The state has now gone 31 consecutive days without recording a new coronavirus case.

Her death resulted from complications relating to her original diagnosis, and therefore will be counted as a coronavirus death.

The state's death toll is now at 820.

The latest death comes as thousands of Victorian workers are returning to the office for the first time in nine months.

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The most recent Australian virus fatalities were two Victorians on October 28.

The state processed 5,030 tests in the previous 24 hours, the lowest daily total since June 16.

Masks are still mandatory in Victoria when out in public or on public transport.

Victoria's milestone means other states will begin welcoming travellers from the state once more.

Today's numbers come as tensions rise over border closures between Victoria and Western Australia.

NSW lifted restrictions for Victorian travellers last Monday, while Queensland and South Australia will reopen their borders from Tuesday.