Victoria recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of active cases to 87.
To put this into perspective, this is a 78% decrease on the 409 active cases recorded at the same point in September.
This is the first time the state has recorded no new cases for consecutive days since March 5 and 6.
Encouragingly, just four of the state’s active cases (4.5%) were linked to aged care.
The 14-day rolling average of new cases dropped to 2.8 in metropolitan Melbourne, down from the previous day’s total of 3.6, and remained steady at 0.2 in regional Victoria.
And there were just five Victorians in hospital with COVID-19.
Compare this to the same point in September, when there were 51 Victorians in hospital (90% more) including nine patients in intensive care.
“It’s not the end” – Chief Health Officer
Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton (pictured above) appeared at the Premier’s daily COVID briefing, to warn that the low numbers the state had seen in the previous two days are not the end.
“We’ve got hundreds of people who are still in quarantine, as primary and secondary close contacts. So, there’s another 10 or more days to play out for all of them. And there could well be some positive tests for those people who are in quarantine.”
“But again, the thing about quarantine is that those individuals will be entirely contained. They won’t put others at risk. And that’s the principle. And we won’t be concerned to see one or two cases if those individuals are doing the right thing.”