Occasional contact of a Covid-19 case is among two people newly diagnosed with coronavirus in South Australia, while New South Wales has announced eight new cases, all under quarantine in hotels.
Meanwhile, ACT recorded a new case in a returning traveler and Victoria passed the coronavirus elimination threshold, recording a 29th consecutive day without a single new infection.
The two cases from South Australia are a child from the original family at the center of the Parafield cluster and a man in his 30s who allegedly contracted the virus while attending an English school near Flinders University.
The child was already in quarantine and poses no risk to the public, state public health official Nicola Spurrier said.
The other case and his family were also in quarantine before testing positive.
Spurrier said the man’s infection validated the decision to ask some casual contacts to self-isolate.
“This person was seen as casual contact rather than close contact and again, this absolutely confirms the information we were already giving people,” she said. “We see people infected with fairly brief contact.”
The diagnostics bring the Parafield cluster to 33 people.
ACT health officials say a woman in her 20s who returned to Australia on a government-facilitated charter flight and arrived on November 26 contracted the virus more than a month ago overseas.
“She returned a weak positive result in routine testing on the first day of mandatory quarantine. We believe this represents his old infection acquired abroad, ”the ACT government said. “It is not considered infectious and contract tracing will not be necessary.”
Despite the eight new cases in quarantine, NSW has reached three weeks without any new cases of locally transmitted coronavirus. More than 12,000 tests were conducted within 24 hours to 8 pm on Friday.
In Victoria, no positive results have been returned for more than 9,000 tests in the previous 24 hours.
At the peak of the second wave on August 11, Victoria had 7,880 active cases.
The last Covid-19 patient at a Victorian hospital was released on Monday, leaving the state without an active case, and Friday marked four weeks since the last new case was diagnosed.
Health officials say 28 days without a new infection means the virus has been cleared from the community, as that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.
Victoria’s milestone means other states will begin welcoming state travelers again. NSW lifted restrictions for Victorian travelers on Monday, while Queensland and South Australia will reopen their borders from December 1.
Western Australia is now the only state or territory to have closed borders with Victoria and no plans to reopen them.
As South Australian health officials continue to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the state business sector calls for compensation amid ongoing restrictions heading into Christmas.
The state government will implement a two-week exit strategy to ease measures imposed at the start of the epidemic.
This will include opening the borders to Victorians from December 1 and removing limits on the number of patrons in pubs, restaurants and cafes.
But a general home consultancy job remains in place with a rule of one person for every four square meters for all indoor sites.
Business SA chief executive Martin Haese said that meant most companies would operate at 25% capacity, which was not financially sustainable.
He said continuing the measures would have a significant impact on the hospitality, retail, events and leisure sectors at the busiest time of the year.
“Business SA also has serious concerns for the city with advice to work from home, but the cancellation of Christmas for the traders of the city, who will bear the burden as they have done all year,” said Haese said.
He called on the government to relax the eligibility criteria for emergency grants of $ 10,000 to help businesses get through the Christmas season.
Meanwhile, Scott Morrison told the Liberal Party’s NSW State Council that Australia’s debt situation is the envy of the world.
“Net debt as a share of the economy will be half of what it is in the UK, a third of what it is in the US and a quarter of what it is in Japan” , said the Prime Minister.
Morrison said that getting into huge debt as liberals who were traditionally economically conservative was “to understand the need to act.” “None of us like the fact that we have now had to take on such a heavy load. But that is necessarily the case and I think the Australians have strongly supported us in this area.
The Prime Minister, speaking about the isolation at the Lodge due to his recent trip to Japan, said the more than 55,000 Covid deaths in the UK were more than during the WWII blitz.
“Our relative success here in Australia sometimes shields us from the sheer scale of the havoc that has taken place elsewhere in the world,” he said.