Australia has “cause for hope” that restrictions will continue to be lifted, due to declining numbers of new coronavirus infections and miniscule rates of community transmission, the Federal Health Minister says.
- Australia recorded just one case of community transmission yesterday
- The Health Minister says Australians have “cause for hope”
- More than 2.4 million people have downloaded the Government’s coronavirus tracing app
Announcing that 12 new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in the 24 hours to 6:30am today, Mr Hunt said just one of those came from an unknown source.
“There was only one case from an unknown source, only one case of community transmission across Australia,” he said.
“It means that as a country we are not just flattening the curve but we are consolidating it, extending it and securing it.”
The numbers follow data sent out by the Government last week indicating no cases of community transmission were detected on Friday, April 24.
Overall, 10 per cent of the 6,727 cases recorded in Australia have been listed as community transmission, with the rest stemming from contact with a known infected person, or overseas travel.
App downloads approach 2.5 million
Responding to news some states were moving to inch back restrictions, Mr Hunt said it was “cause for celebration”.
“It says that Australians have worked together. They have delivered this outcome,” he said.
“The more we keep these numbers down … that is a cause for hope but it’s also a pathway for recovery.”
The Government is working to address three major goals it has signposted will need to be met before baseline restrictions are wound back around the country.
It is working to roll out widespread testing and improve capabilities to respond to localised outbreaks.
It has also improved contact tracing — aided by the COVIDSafe app, released at the weekend.
Mr Hunt said 2.44 million Australians had already downloaded the app since it was released on Sunday.