Victoria records just 11 new coronavirus cases as caution urged as Australian virus cases continue to fall
Australians are being urged to remain vigilant about coronavirus despite falling infection rates across the country.
Anyone with mild symptoms has been told to get tested.
"I'm worried that testing rates nationally might continue to decline," Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said on Monday.
"Regardless of how mild your symptoms are, testing is the way that we find these early cases, that we stop the chains of transmission from growing into clusters, from growing into outbreaks."
Victoria recorded just 11 new cases on Monday, along with two deaths.
There are hopes the state's declining case numbers could bring about an early end to lockdowns in Melbourne.
Dr Coatsworth said there was still some way to go.
"When Victorians come out of restrictions, particularly in Melbourne, the complacency has to be avoided," he said.
"We know how to stop this virus, if we limit household gatherings, wash hands frequently and have the COVIDSafe app downloaded and maintain physical distance."
"And of course mask-wearing being mandatory, these things will allow us to lift restrictions safely."
Just as Victoria's falling coronavirus cases provide some cause for optimism, NSW is conducting a major contact tracing exercise after a taxi driver tested positive.
The driver worked across Sydney for more than a week while potentially contagious.
Anyone who took taxis across the city's west and south-west between September 8 and 18 is being urged to monitor for symptoms.
"Fortunately that taxi driver had COVIDSafe installed on their phone which will be assisting contact tracers at the moment," Dr Coatsworth said.
"They did exactly the right thing by getting themselves tested and now the public health authorities will be working overtime to make sure that those particular cases do not turn into a larger outbreak."
Just one new coronavirus case was recorded in Queensland on Monday, an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
The traveller is a woman in her teens.
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