Australia recorded its first day with no local Covid-19 cases in about five months.
Zero cases are reported 24 hours between 8pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday – the first of which took place since June 9.
Victoria – Australia’s second-largest broadcaster – has recorded zero consecutive second-day charges after a 112-day closure.
Health officials say some restrictions could be reduced in the coming days.
“Thank you to all our health and social workers and above all the people of Australia,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said on his Twitter account.
Australia has recorded about 27,500 infections and 900 deaths in Covid-19 since the epidemic began – very few in many countries.
A nation of 25 million people embraced the practice of closing tests and active tests and tracking to contain the virus, and Victoria – where 90% of Covid’s deaths occurred – imposed some of the world’s most important home and curfew laws.
Victoria and the largest city in Melbourne began to open earlier this week after recording new public broadcasts since June. People can easily leave their homes, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and bars can be opened and up to 10 groups can begin to meet.
Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has commended six million government residents for following strict rules and said they were well-organized for Christmas.