Australia reports zero coronavirus death for second consecutive day

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-09 18:19:21|Editor: huaxia

CANBERRA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Australia has recorded zero death from coronavirus for two consecutive days for the first time in two months.

Australia's death toll from COVID-19 remained 897 on Friday.

As of Friday evening there have been 27,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. A total of 24 new cases were reported in last 24 hours.

Victoria reported 11 new cases and New South Wales anther 10, five of which were recently returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Western Australia (WA) also confirmed two cases, while South Australia reported another one.

Despite New South Wales ending a streak of almost two weeks with no confirmed community transmission of COVID-19, the Northern Territory (NT) on Friday re-opened its borders to travelers from the Greater Sydney area.

Charles Pain, the NT deputy chief health officer, said on Thursday that the decision was "considered carefully" and was deemed safe because outbreaks in Sydney were "controlled and contained."

"The reason for this is that we have had a very thorough review of these cases... The NSW chief health officer provided us with details of those cases and we are confident that they are all connected and therefore they constitute a single outbreak," he said.

"This means that there's no established community transmission by the definition that we have and we're confident that the outbreak itself is controlled and contained.

"We're very confident that the testing regime and the contact tracing in NSW is of a very high standard, and we are therefore happy with our plan to open." Enditem