Tasmania eradicates coronavirus: There are now ZERO known cases of COVID-19 on Australia’s island state after the last infected person recovers
- Tasmania has eradicated COVID-19 and now has zero known cases of the virus
- Premier Peter Gutwein announced the state was coronavirus-free on Friday
- He said the gathering limit would be raised to 80 people next Wednesday
- Tasmania’s border will stay closed and measures will be reviewed next month
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Tasmania is completely free from COVID-19 after the last infected person recovered from the virus.
Premier Peter Gutwein announced that Australia’s island state had zero cases of coronavirus on Friday afternoon.
‘We have no active cases in Tasmania … it’s an important milestone,’ he told reporters.
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein (pictured) announced that Australia’s island state was completely coronavirus-free on Friday afternoon
‘Today, after more than three months, I’m pleased to report that we’ve once again had no more positive cases yesterday, and importantly we have no active cases in Tasmania as of today.’
‘Because of hard work and discipline today we have reached a very significant milestone,’ Mr Gutwein said.
He said the achievement was ‘something Tasmanians should be proud of.’
The state government announced some coronavirus restrictions would be lifted ahead of schedule next week.
Outdoor and indoor gatherings will allow a maximum of 80 people from Wednesday onwards.
The 80 person gathering limit will also apply to gyms, pubs, hospitality venues, plus weddings and funerals.
Up to 20 people will be allowed to visit homes.
Mr Gutwein said Tasmania’s border would remain closed and the decision would be reviewed again next month.
The island state has not recorded a new COVID-19 case in 27 days.
The island state (Hobart Harbour pictured) has not recorded a new COVID-19 case in 27 days
Thirteen people died from the virus and 213 of 226 cases have now recovered.
Tasmania, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia are reportedly in discussions to establish a coronavirus travel bubble.
Mr Gutwein said the possibility of a travel bubble had been ‘discussed’.
‘Obviously we would like to open our borders when it is safe to do so.
‘It may be that there is an opportunity to step back into that with states and territories that have got a lower instance of the virus than other states,’ he said.