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Australia records second day without COVID-19 death for first time in three months

Reuters logo Reuters 9/10/2020 By Colin Packham
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By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia reported its second straight day without any COVID-19 deaths on Friday, the longest stretch without any fatalities from the virus in three months.

Australian states and territories reported 16 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 28 on Thursday, and no deaths for two days, the first time Australia has gone 48 hours without a COVID-19 death since July 11.

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The results cement optimism that Australia has contained a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The country's second most populous state Victoria, the epicentre of Australia's COVID-19 outbreak, said they now have less than 200 active infections.

"These are the results that come from a really determined effort to defeat this second wave," Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

Australia has reported more than 27,000 coronavirus infections and about 900 deaths - far fewer than many other developed countries.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Michael Perry)

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