Victoria close to ‘eliminating’ COVID-19, with zero new cases and mask rules set to ease

The last case of unknown transmission in Victoria was recorded on October 29. Extending that streak to Thursday would meet the state government’s goal for “COVID-normal”, which would trigger a further easing of restrictions.

Meanwhile there are 34 active cases in South Australia, where at least 20 detectives are investigating the Adelaide pizza shop where an employee on a temporary graduate visa lied to contact tracers, plunging South Australia into the hardest lockdown in the country.

Upon discovering the lie, authorities moved to end the planned six-day lockdown early with the state repealing state at home orders as of midnight last night.

The pizza store worker, who initially claimed he was a customer at the Woodville Pizza Bar, is a 36-year-old Spanish man, lawfully in Australia on a temporary graduate visa which is due to expire in mid-December.