Australia goes eight days without a single locally acquired coronavirus case

Australia has continued its Covid-free run notching up its eighth consecutive day of zero locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

Authorities determined to keep the virus out have now strengthened airport screening for arrivals from New Zealand after the country reported a new infection. 

Eleven cases were recorded in returned travellers in mandatory quarantine on Monday, with three of those in NSW, six in Victoria and two in Queensland.

More than 25,000 tests were processed nationwide.  

Australia has not recorded a case of coronavirus in the community since January 17 when six cases were reported in Western Sydney, linked to the Berala BWS cluster.     

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Australia has now gone eight days without a locally acquired case of coronavirus as the country continues to successfully manage the virus

Australia has now gone eight days without a locally acquired case of coronavirus as the country continues to successfully manage the virus

Enhanced health screening is in place for travellers arriving in NSW from New Zealand after a case of coronavirus was reported in the country on Sunday. Pictured, passengers at Wellington International Airport last year

Enhanced health screening is in place for travellers arriving in NSW from New Zealand after a case of coronavirus was reported in the country on Sunday. Pictured, passengers at Wellington International Airport last year 

New Zealanders who arrived in NSW between January 14 and 24 are being urged to take note of health advice associated with a confirmed case in the country.

Travellers from New Zealand are not required to quarantine on arrival.  

Health authorities in New Zealand revealed on Sunday a 56-year-old woman had tested positive after completing her 14-day isolation after returning from overseas. 

The woman, who had travelled to Spain and the Netherlands before arriving back in the country, was confirmed to have the South African strain of the virus. 

She returned two negative tests while staying at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland and was released on January 13.

'The source of the infection is highly likely to be a fellow returnee during the person's stay at the Pullman Hotel,' Covid recovery minister Chris Hipkins said. 

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The New Zealand health department released a list of the 28 places she visited on her travels since being released, including supermarkets, cafes and retail stores.

'Recent green-zone arrivals from New Zealand are being alerted to venues of concern following a probable case of COVID-19 in the country,' NSW Health said. 

A group of bikini-clad women are seen enjoying the warm temperature on Sunday at St Kilda beach in Melbourne (pictured) as Australia recorded an entire week without a single new coronavirus case

A group of bikini-clad women are seen enjoying the warm temperature on Sunday at St Kilda beach in Melbourne (pictured) as Australia recorded an entire week without a single new coronavirus case

St Kilda Beach in Melbourne was packed over the weekend as the state recorded no community transmission of Covid-19

St Kilda Beach in Melbourne was packed over the weekend as the state recorded no community transmission of Covid-19

Victorians dressed up on a scorching hot day on Sunday in St Kilda with restrictions eased to allow people to dine, drink and party - in stark contrast to huge swathes of the world

Victorians dressed up on a scorching hot day on Sunday in St Kilda with restrictions eased to allow people to dine, drink and party - in stark contrast to huge swathes of the world

'People who arrived in NSW from New Zealand between Thursday 14 January and Sunday 24 January, have been asked to check these venues of concern and, if they have been to any, to follow the associated health advice. 

'They are also asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they feel unwell, then remain in isolation until a negative result is received - in line with routine advice for everyone in NSW.'

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