South Australia ELIMINATES coronavirus with no known cases in the state as Western Australia declares all hospitals free of COVID-19
- South Australia has no known active cases of COVID-19 in its borders as of Friday
- SA’s active cases dropped to zero after there were no new cases for over a week
- The Australian Capital Territory also has no known active cases of coronavirus
- Meanwhile, Western Australia cleared all of its hospitals of COVID-19 on Friday
- The last COVID-19 patient recovered on Thursday night but remains in hospital
- WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was ‘a significant achievement for our state’
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South Australia has completely eliminated coronavirus from within its borders.
There are no known active cases of COVID-19 in SA as of Friday after the state went without any new cases for more than a week, leaving the total at 439.
The Australian Capital Territory has also ridden itself of the virus with no active cases as of the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Western Australia has eliminated COVID-19 from all of its hospitals after the last person being treated for the disease recovered on Thursday night.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital is treating no COVID-19 patients as there are no active cases in the state as of Friday
Despite there being no active cases in her state, SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) said people should still practice social distancing
Despite there being no active cases in her state, SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said it would be wrong to consider it ‘coronavirus-free’.
‘COVID-19 is still in the world, we’re still getting cases in other states,’ Professor Spurrier said.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,019
New South Wales: 3,071
Western Australia: 552
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 6,989
‘If we relax completely, and we don’t keep doing social distancing, once we get a couple of cases it will spread incredibly rapidly.
‘We can see that’s happened in other countries, so we all have to continue to play our part.’
SA Premier Steven Marshall agreed, saying: ‘We can’t take our foot off the brake, we’ve got to do everything we can to keep everyone safe in South Australia.’
In South Australia, there have been 439 cases of COVID-19, which have resulted in four deaths.
Of the 439 infected, 435 have recovered – a recovery rate of 99 per cent.
The last COVID-19 patient in a WA hospital was cleared of the disease in Thursday night.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said eliminating the disease from hospitals was ‘a significant achievement for our state’ during a press conference on Friday.
The last person with COVID-19 in a WA hospital had been in intensive care and recovered overnight. They remain in hospital, albeit uninfected.
‘We have no confirmed COVID-19 patients in our hospitals,’ Mr McGowan said, according to ABC News.
‘The person who was in ICU up to yesterday remains in hospital, but is no longer positive for COVID-19. We wish that person very well in their recovery.’
The COVID clinic at the Royal Perth Hospital. Western Australia has eliminated COVID-19 from all of its hospitals after the last person being treated for the disease recovered on Thursday night
There are still seven active COVID-19 cases in WA but they are isolating at home rather than hospitals
There are still seven active COVID-19 cases in WA but they are isolating at home rather than hospitals.
As of Friday, there have been a total of 554 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, which have resulted in nine deaths.
Of the 554 confirmed cases, 538 people have recovered – a total of 97 per cent.
The latest case of COVID-19 in WA came on Thursday. In the last week, there have been just three new cases of coronavirus in the state.
The ACT has had no active cases of coronavirus since April, becoming the first state or territory to do so.
The Northern Territory only has two active cases left as residents returned to pubs and restaurants on Friday.
Queensland currently has 22 active coronavirus cases while Tasmania is dealing with 22 instances.
Meanwhile, in the more populous Victoria there are 112 active cases.
NSW carries the biggest coronavirus burden in the country with 419 active cases of this disease.
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) said eliminating the disease from hospitals was ‘a significant achievement for our state’ during a press conference on Friday