Victoria has gone a week without recording a locally acquired coronavirus case.
The Health Department on Friday confirmed the state’s week-long run of “doughnut days”.
Some 19,846 people were tested in the 24 hours to Friday morning, bringing the total number of tests processed during the week to almost 80,000.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng says the testing numbers are likely linked to a common virus – respiratory syncytial virus – doing the rounds among school students.
“Normally kids may not get tested for every sniffle but with all the school policies and everyone’s obviously worried about COVID, a lot of kids are getting tested,” he told 3AW radio.