Sustained low case numbers in Victoria have created renewed optimism that South Australia’s border restrictions will be lifted within the coming weeks.

On Sunday, Victoria recorded its ninth straight day of zero new cases of COVID-19, a day on which it was revealed the South Australia now has more active cases of the virus than its eastern neighbour.

While Premier Steven Marshall would not be drawn on a timeline for the easing of border restrictions, it is expected that the state’s Transition Committee will use similar rationale in lifting border restrictions as it did with NSW.

“What we have said with New South Wales is that we needed to see 14 days of no community transmission after their restrictions had been lifted,” Mr Marshall told reporters on Sunday.

“We will apply the same methodology, but we can’t get confused between nine days thinking we are only five days away, because there’s been very significant restrictions.”

The Premier went on to predict that South Australia would be lifting its border restrictions with Victoria before Christmas this year.

The state’s Transition Committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on SA’s current restrictions.

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