Australia has squashed coronavirus transmission from unknown sources as parts of the nation start the long road back to normal life.
In a 24-hour period, there was just one case of community transmission recorded out of the 12 diagnoses made nationally.
“That is perhaps the most important figure I have had the privilege of raising since coming into this role and dealing with the coronavirus issue,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
“It means that as a country, we are not just flattening the curve, but we are consolidating it, extending it and securing it.”
He said Australians’ extraordinary efforts in adhering to social distancing measures was behind the plummeting infection rate.
Australia’s death toll rose to 88 on Tuesday evening with the confirmation of four more deaths at a western Sydney nursing home.
The latest victims are among the 11 residents to die at Newmarch House.
More than 5600 of the 6731 people diagnosed with coronavirus nationally have recovered.
Major supermarkets are easing purchase limits on items that were subject to panic buying including toilet paper, rice, pasta and hand sanitiser.
West Australian schools will reopen on Wednesday amid sustained federal pressure on the other states to return children to classrooms.
Victoria and Queensland are refusing to budge while NSW is forging ahead with plans to increase face-to-face learning from May 11.
State and federal leaders will have their next national cabinet meeting on Friday after last week committing to developing guidelines for elite sport.
Debate around when the AFL and NRL should restart their competitions is continuing but football’s return will likely be guided by government principles.
Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said he was hopeful the national cabinet’s sport guidelines would be ready at the end of the week.
“We want to see all levels of sport recommence as soon as possible,” he told the ABC.
He said the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee-led principles would include professional, Olympic and community sport.
More than 2.4 million people have downloaded the COVIDSafe tracing app that uses Bluetooth interactions to record close contacts.
The government is encouraged the strong early take-up will result in the goal of 10 million being reached, boosting the scheme’s effectiveness.
NSW will from Friday allow two adults to visit another house for any reason, regardless of how many people live there.
Queenslanders will be permitted to travel up to 50 kilometres from home for picnics, visiting parks or non-essential shopping from Saturday.