Victoria’s health director Brett Sutton offered a word of warning after the state recorded more than four weeks without a single new one coronavirus Case.
On Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that Victoria had recorded no new infections or deaths for 29 consecutive days.
Active and mysterious cases remain at zero.
A few months earlier, the state’s active cases reached 7,880 on August 11.
Health officials say 28 days without a new case means the virus has been cleared from the community, as that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.
“ Worthy of Celebration ”
Sutton tweeted his optimism Friday after the state marked the milestone.
“It rightly deserves to be celebrated. After the most difficult year for many Victorians, it is important to recognize this achievement, ”he wrote in a series of tweets.
“It took all of us to get here and it was a long and painful journey, but we stuck it out. I cannot thank the Victorians enough for this.
“Many have suffered tremendously in recent months and many more continue to struggle.
“Mistakes have been made and we have a duty to learn from everything we’ve been through. I never thought about protecting the health and well-being of the Victorians and always will.
Sutton added that he was “convinced that there was no active transmission in Victoria”, but warned: “we must remain vigilant”.
“No fear, but a precautionary approach and a willingness to react. With 600,000 new cases worldwide every day, the risk is still there. We must – and we will – strengthen the quarantine, ”he wrote.
“We need strong, continuous surveillance and a really robust capacity to respond quickly to any new case and to hit the transmission hard.
“I know we will.
“The restrictions will be eased again in December, but we will need permanent habits to make sure this virus escapes … testing!”