Asia Today: Victoria in Australia Hits for 3 Weeks Without Virus

Melbourne, Australia (AP)-Australia’s once-hit Victoria spent three weeks without new COVID-19 cases for the first time since February.

Two just active cases of coronavirus remain throughout Victoria, according to figures released by the Department of Health on Friday.

Also, after other Australian states closed their borders with Victoria, the states decided to close their borders with neighboring South Australia.

Victoria has experienced a long-term outbreak of the virus, with the city of Melbourne blocked, curfew imposed, family gatherings banned, and prolonged travel outside the city.

907 coronaviruses have died in Australia, while 819 have died in Victoria.

The milestone on Friday began with Victoria establishing a “hard border” with South Australia. This allows only emergency or medical cases and truck drivers carrying cargo to pass. This is the first time Victoria has closed its borders to any state.

South Australia has entered the second day of Friday’s six-day blockade, avoiding its own potential new surge.

More than 20 cases were found in a series of infectious diseases in the northern suburbs of the capital Adelaide.

South Australia’s Prime Minister Stephen Marshall said the state learned from looking at Victoria and other parts of the world.

“COVID-19 is very difficult to eradicate once it has a foothold in the community,” Marshall said. “Therefore, we need this breathing space for this circuit breaker, contact tracing blitz.”

In other developments in the Asia Pacific region:

-The South Korean Prime Minister has registered more than 300 new virus cases for three consecutive days, so he urged the public to avoid social gatherings and stay at home as much as possible. Korea Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 363 cases reported in the last 24 hours have killed 501 people since the pandemic began, reaching 30,017 nationwide. South Korea’s case roads are steadily increasing after relaxing physical distance rules last month. On Friday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyu urged people to minimize year-end parties and rallies and called on companies to allow employees to work from home.On Thursday, local governments strengthened distance guidelines in the Greater Tokyo Area, cities in southern Gwangju, and parts of eastern Gangwon-do.

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