Victoria today recorded zero active cases of COVID-19, after the state’s only remaining coronavirus patient was discharged from hospital overnight.
Speaking on ABC News Breakfast this morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed a man in his 90s was cleared of the virus and released from Monash Medical Centre on Monday.
It’s reportedly the first time Victoria’s hospital system has been without a COVID-19 patient since February 21.
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.
Speaking to 3AW this morning, Monash Infectious Diseases Physician Rhonda Stuart confirmed the man and his wife, who also recovered from the virus on Thursday, “both had a stormy course” but “made it through and did really well.”
Today’s revelation means that Victoria is officially COVID-free, but Andrews maintained the situation will be “far from over” until a viable vaccine is available.
In addition, Victoria today counted another day of zero new coronavirus cases and no further deaths as a result of the virus – the 25th such day in a row.
We’re happy to confirm that there were 0 new cases, 0 lost lives and 0 active cases reported yesterday. 9,960 test results were received – thank you, #EveryTestHelps. More detail: https://t.co/pcll7ySEgz#StaySafeStayOpen #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/axPlsu830H
— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) November 23, 2020
Here’s my official statement on the matter:
Good going, Victoria.
Again, if you feel sick, get tested. This bastard isn’t showing up on official figures, but that’s no excuse to get complacent. Let’s hold it down ’til those jabs come through.