Victoria has no active coronavirus cases for the first time since February

Henrietta Strickland
November 24, 2020

As pointed out by The Age, the last time there were no recorded coronavirus cases in Victoria was a lifetime ago - early March this year, before the first wave even began to swell.

The state's last active case, a man in his 90s, was discharged from Monash Medical Centre on Monday.

She told 3AW his wife was discharged from hospital last week and the man was discharged on Tuesday.

The husband and wife spent more than a month battling the virus at the Melbourne health facility and were at one point critically ill.

The couple, who were part of the Chadstone Shopping Centre cluster, had been the only patients with COVID-19 in the hospital since November 1.

Yesterday, Victoria recorded its 24th consecutive day without a new coronavirus case or death.

The joy was twofold for the hospital, with the team responsible for treating the country's first coronavirus case also in charge of caring for Victoria's last, The Herald Sun reported.

On Monday, Victorians were able to reunite with NSW relatives, loved ones and friends, as the border re-opened after more than four months of exile.

Under new rules taking effect from 11.59pm, the mandatory face mask requirement will be scrapped for outdoor settings, provided that physical distancing can be maintained.

Victorians will still be required to wear face masks indoors (including in public transport), and also carry them when venturing outdoors ready to put them on when finding themselves in crowds.

Restrictions were eased in Victoria yesterday, including up to 15 visitors now allowed in households and 300 patrons in restaurants, cafes, pubs and other venues.

For weddings and funerals, 150 people will be able to come together to celebrate or commiserate.

Authorities remain wary, with Premier Daniel Andrews again stressing that the threat is not over until a vaccine is available.

The state's virus death toll stands at 819, with the national figure 907.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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