Australia reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time in five months

Australia reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time in five months
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Australia for the first time in almost five months recorded zero new coronavirus cases for a 24-hour span this past weekend.

According to The New York Times, the nation went without recording a single case between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. One case was reportedly recorded in New South Wales later on Saturday, however.

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The news indicates the nation has made great strides since July, when at one point it was seeing over 700 new cases daily.

The report also comes after Melbourne, which had previously been the epicenter for the virus in Australia, recently ended an 111-day lockdown implemented in August following a surge in cases, the Times noted.

As a result, residents have seen a number of businesses reopen as officials ease coronavirus restrictions.

In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, the country also imposed travel restrictions between states earlier this year. As part of the restrictions, visitation from New South Wales and Victoria, where Melbourne is located, was prohibited to some states.

However, Australian health minister Greg Hunt said states could also begin to see travel restrictions lifted before the end of the year due to the country's improving numbers.