The Sydney Opera House has reopened. Almost 40,000 spectators attended the city's rugby league grand final. Workers are being urged to return to their offices.
Welcome to Australia, a pandemic success story.
The nation of 26 million is close to eliminating community transmission of the coronavirus, having defeated a second wave just as infections surge again in Europe and the United States. No cases were reported on the island continent Thursday, and only seven since Saturday, outside of travelers in hotel quarantine. Eighteen patients are in the hospital with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. One is in an intensive care unit. Melbourne, the epicenter of Australia's outbreak, which recently emerged from lockdown, has not reported a case since Oct. 30.
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