Coronavirus crisis: Mark McGowan praises Victoria’s ‘gold standard’ second wave response

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The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in WA has hit 700, as two more cases were detected overnight.

One man and one woman, both aged in their 30s, returned positive tests after arriving in Perth from overseas.

It brings the number of active cases in WA to 53, as four more people recovered from the potentially lethal virus.

By comparison, NSW has 54 active cases and Victoria 91.

Of WA’s total of 762 cases, 700 have recovered. Nine people have died in WA from coronavirus since March 1.

It comes as WA’s Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson is expected to deliver updated health advice about the hard border this week.

Mark McGowan has promised to release an updated roadmap for relaxing interstate travel restrictions “when health advice allows”.

The Premier, who did not speak to the media on Monday, praised Victoria for recording zero new cases in a Facebook post.

NSW was the only State with a new case of locally-acquired COVID-19 after three previous days with no community transmission.

While Victoria celebrated zero new COVID cases for the first time in four months on Monday, NSW ended its three-day lucky streak.

There are now 23 cases linked to the south-western Sydney outbreak.

“Today, for the first time in months, Victoria officially recorded zero new cases of COVID-19,” Mr McGowan’s Facebook post said.

“In the context of outbreaks around the world, that result is simply incredible, and it's fantastic news not just for Victoria, but for all of Australia. It is telling that other countries are now viewing it as a gold standard as they tackle second wave outbreaks.

“From afar we can only imagine how difficult these past few months must have been — but it is such a relief to see that those efforts have paid off, and surely saved many thousands of lives.

“Well done Victoria — thanks to you, Australia’s future looks bright.”

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