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Australia reports no new local COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:56 PM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 17:56:58-05

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months.

In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, which had the highest number of cases in the country, residents are enjoying the first weekend of cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening to walk-in customers.

The city only has one mystery case without a known source.

There are 61 active cases left across the state, down from 70 on Saturday.

State Deputy Premier James Merlino urged caution ahead of Australia’s most-prestigious horse race on Tuesday, the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.”

India reported 46,964 new cases in a continued downward trend. And China has 61 more asymptomatic cases in an outbreak in the remote Xinjiang region.