Active COVID-19 cases in Australia down to 506

CANBERRA (XINHUA) – Almost 6,500 Australians have recovered from COVID-19, the government has revealed.

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan told reporters yesterday that 6,479 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Australia, which she described as a “really encouraging number”.

“I can report that there are 506 active cases of COVID-19 across the country and that is a number again that we are going to start reporting to produce a very positive message to all Australians about the great achievements we have seen,” she told reporters.

Besides, according to the Department of Health, as at 3pm local time on Thursday, a total of 7,081 cases of have been reported in Australia, including 100 deaths.

“I can tell you that in the last 24 hours, there have been 15 new cases reported in Australia. Sadly, also, one additional death,” said McMillan yesterday.

Debate over domestic border closures continued yesterday with the governments of some states yet to announce a timeframe to reopen them despite receiving clearance to do so from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton yesterday said there was “no logic” behind borders remaining closed.

“I wouldn’t be advocating this position if the chief medical officer wasn’t happy with us to reopen the borders. The chief medical officers are happy for the borders to reopen,” he told Today, an Australian television programme.