Victorians have achieved a significant milestone within 10 days of the lifting of their fifth lockdown since the pandemic began, reporting zero new cases in the 24 hours to midnight.
Jeroen Weimar, Deputy Secretary at the Department for Health and Human Services (DHHS), says it is a pattern the state's authorities would like to keep up for as long as possible, reiterating the importance of compliance with border pass rules for travellers arriving into Victoria.
"We still have, unfortunately, nine people in hospital with coronavirus, two of whom are in ICU (intensive care unit) and both of those are on a ventilator," Weimar said.
"Of course, we send our very best wishes to all those nine people and to the others who continue to recover from coronavirus here in Victoria."
The state has recorded a total of 220 cases since the latest outbreak began in mid-June, but the number of active cases has reduced to 99.
"We had over 400 exposure sites. We're now down to 33 exposure sites we continue to manage.
"We've undertaken a total of 815,000 coronavirus tests since the 12th of July - 30,117 of those yesterday. That gives an average of around 32,000 tests a day."
Weimar added sustained high and effective testing numbers are so important in giving the public health team a really good understanding of the pattern of community transmission, and has enabled them to "get on top of it".
Updated at 12:02pm AEST on 4 August 2021.
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