Please Explain podcast: What now for Victoria after recording 0 new cases of coronavirus?

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For the first time since June 9, no new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Victoria.

Today also marks the seventh consecutive day of no new COVID-19 deaths in the state. This is the longest Victoria has gone without a coronavirus fatality since early June.

The state’s 15-day rolling average is well below the coveted five cases needed to open up the state. It now sits at 3.8, while seven mystery cases were recorded between October 10 and 23.

Later today, the state government may announce a major easing of restrictions if hundreds of pending COVID-19 results indicate the northern suburbs cluster is not under control.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the only reason Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews could have to keep Victorians in lockdown would be a lack of confidence in his contact tracing teams.

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by The Age's deputy editor, Michael Bachelard, to talk about the situation in Victoria as the state records 0 cases for the first time in months.

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