Australia crushes coronavirus: Zero new cases nationwide for the first time in FIVE MONTHS

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Australia has recorded zero new coronavirus cases across the nation for the first time in five months.

The incredible feat last occurred in Australia on June 9, leading Health Minister Greg Hunt to believe the country is ‘on track’ to open all state borders by Christmas.

Mr Hunt said he hoped all decisions on border closures would now be based on medical advice. 

‘I am very hopeful that now the [Queensland] election is over that this will continue to be a medical decision,’ he said.

Australia recorded zero new coronavirus cases across the nation for the first time in five months on Sunday. Pictured: patrons pose after leaving Rose Hill Gardens race course on Saturday

Australia recorded zero new coronavirus cases across the nation for the first time in five months on Sunday. Pictured: patrons pose after leaving Rose Hill Gardens race course on Saturday

‘If it is a medical decision the very low case numbers … will provide the strongest possible basis for moving to the next step.’

Sunday was Victoria’s second consecutive day with no new Covid-19 infections, while all four of NSW new cases came from hotel quarantine.

Mr Hunt said the country was well on its way to achieving a ‘single internal national bubble’.

‘We are on track to meet the Prime Minister’s goal of a country which is internally open before Christmas,’ he said.

‘We’ve seen a very important set of moves over the course of this week. Tasmania has significantly opened its borders, Western Australia has moved from a hard to a soft border, Queensland has expanded their border openings. But there’s more to go.

‘As confidence is built, we want to see those borders opened as quickly as possible… we’re now in the position where we’d like to see NSW and QLD be able to have free movement between the jurisdictions.

‘Once everyone is comfortable that Victoria does have its contact tracing to gold-standard level, then I think we’ll see a single national bubble.’

Mr Hunt on Sunday afternoon praised Australians for stemming the spread of coronavrirus in the country. 

Health care workers assemble at a coronavirus pop up tent in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney on July 29

Health care workers assemble at a coronavirus pop up tent in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney on July 29

‘Thank you to all of our amazing health and public health workers and above all else the Australian people,’ he posted on Twitter.

All Australian states bar WA supported a plan at national cabinet last week to try and reopen all domestic borders by Christmas. 

The last time Australia recorded zero nationwide new cases of Covid-19, Melbourne was still a month away from its second lockdown.

Victoria experienced a spike in community transmissions of the disease in the days after the milestone, thought to be from large households gatherings, leading to a re-tightening of gathering restrictions on June 20.

Ten days later on June 30, ten Melbourne post codes were put into lockdown, before the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire went into lockdown on July 9. 

The state is still grappling the end of the second wave of the disease months later, with the city only coming out of lockdown last week after 112 days.

Passengers wearing face masks arrive at Sydney International Airport on October 16

Passengers wearing face masks arrive at Sydney International Airport on October 16

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