No new local Covid-19 infections in Victoria, NSW and Queensland

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Residents in Victoria, Queensland and NSW breathed a collective sigh of relief today after all registered zero new Covid-19 infections.

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The Melbourne circuit breaker has been unblocked as health authorities investigate the source of four new local cases.

The Melbourne circuit breaker has been unblocked as health authorities investigate the source of four new local cases.

Victoria, Queensland and NSW have all recorded zero new locally acquired Covid infections. Image: NCA NewsWire/David CroslingSource: News Corp Australia

Residents in three Australian states can breathe a collective sigh of relief today after not registering any new Covid-19 infections, despite a recent fear that has put officials on edge.

Victoria, NSW and Queensland all recorded zero new locally acquired infections overnight, which is very welcome news ahead of the Queen’s Day long weekend.

There were fears of a rise in infections in all three states after an infected Melbourne couple left Victoria and traveled to Queensland via NSW.

The 44-year-old woman and her husband left Melbourne on June 1, four days after the entire state was shut down.

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The Melbourne lockdown has ended as Victoria, NSW and Queensland are all not registering any new local Covid cases.  Image: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Melbourne lockdown has ended as Victoria, NSW and Queensland are all not registering any new local Covid cases. Image: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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En route they stopped at numerous spots in regional NSW including Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree before crossing the Queensland border at Goondiwindi and stopping at Moffat Beach, Kings Beach and Buddina.

The woman then tested positive for Covid-19 in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on June 8, with Queensland health officials confirming on Thursday that her husband had also contracted the virus.

With dozens of exposure sites in NSW and Queensland, there was a great deal of concern that the states would see new cases emerge.

But a quick response from health authorities and contact tracers seems to have kept the virus at bay so far, with communities getting tested in large numbers, with both states confirming there are no new locally acquired cases.

There were also concerns for Victoria after the state registered four new infections on Thursday. The cases came from the same household, but authorities have been unable to identify the source of the cluster.

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The news came less than 24 hours after Melbourne was due to lift lockdown restrictions. While the lockdown closure continued, authorities made a minor change to the easing of restrictions, requiring masks to remain mandatory outdoors.

« We’ve always said that if we could relax restrictions, based on that advice, we would, » Acting Prime Minister James Merlino told reporters on Thursday.

« We also said yesterday – and we say it every day – that this is not over and that the risks of this virus will be a factor in our lives in the long term and in the short term so in the short, that means we are moving forward, but we are very vigilant and the public health advice is very, very clear.”

Victorians, companies react to end of lockdown

As Melbourne residents left this morning on their first day out of lockdown in two weeks, they received the welcome news of zero new locally acquired coronavirus infections.

Victorians and local businesses are celebrating the end of the lockdown, although many have warned there will be no « backlash » to normal life.

“This is a good day. Everyone should be absolutely proud of what we have all achieved together, » said Mr. Merlino.

He said collective efforts had stopped the outbreak in the city, where more than 80 people tested positive for the Kappa or Delta tribes that originated in India.

« But we know this isn’t over yet, and until we have widespread vaccinations in Victoria and across our country, the virus will still be with us, » Mr Merlino said.

Those on social media had mixed reactions: some felt proud, others depressed and many said they wouldn’t see much of a change after exiting the lockdown.

Melbourne residents still cannot travel more than 15 miles from their homes or receive visitors, but can gather outside in groups of up to 10.

Schools, cafes and beauty salons can open again, but gyms and nightclubs must remain closed for at least another week.

In regional Victoria, density limits for hospitality and entertainment will increase, masks can come off indoors (including for beauty services), and indoor sports, gyms, swimming pools and recreation can open. However, Victoria’s tourism industry will not see an uptick with travel restrictions for metropolitan residents to continue.

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