Major milestone in Vic virus battle

Victoria’s health care sector, one of the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, is virus-free for the first time since March.

As the state recorded a ninth straight “donut day” on Sunday and the Premier announced further easing of restrictions, health minister Martin Foley revealed there were officially no active coronavirus cases among Victorian healthcare workers.

“Today marks the first day since early March that there are no active healthcare worker infections,” he told reporters on Sunday morning.

“That is a substantial milestone. We can all admire our healthcare workers for the sacrifices, their efforts and their amazing commitment to the people of Victoria.”

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic 3,574 coronavirus cases were reported in healthcare workers across the state.

“By the time you multiply out the number of close contacts that were furloughed, there are many, many, many tens-of-thousands of healthcare workers who have sacrificed a lot, together with their families and co-workers on all of our behalf,” Mr Foley said.

“And that is why we can all repay that amazing contribution to the people of Victoria by following the rules.”

Premier Daniel Andrews announced further easing of COVID-19 restrictions across Victoria on Sunday as part of a two-phase reopening plan.

The “ring of steel” between the city and regional Victoria and Melburnians’ 25km radius rule are among the restrictions to be scrapped from 11.59pm on Sunday night.

The Premier also flagged a tranche of further changes Victorians can expect from midnight on November 22.

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