After 10 consecutive days without any new coronavirus cases, many Victorians are starting to ask whether the state is close to eliminating the virus altogether.

So what is required for a community to be declared COVID-free? And is it really a possibility in Victoria after such a serious second wave?

The ABC have asked the experts for you.

La Trobe University epidemiologist Hassan Vally said it was possible the virus had essentially been eliminated in Victorian communities.

“You can’t be sure whilst you are still in the incubation period of the virus,” he said.

“So it is possible there is still some virus lurking that we haven’t detected, but the longer you go with zero cases detected, the more confidence you can have that you have eliminated the virus.”

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