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The world is in disbelief at Australia recording its first day with zero locally acquired coronavirus cases in almost five months.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt thanked people across the country on Twitter.

“Advice just in from the National Incident Centre – Zero community transmission cases today Australia wide- the 1st national zero community transmission day since June 9,” he said.

“Thankyou to all of our amazing health & public health workers & above all else the Australian people.”

Australia's feat comes after large parts of Europe are entering a second lockdown after large spikes in COVID-10 cases.

Germany announced 19,059 cases on Saturday and prepared the country to go into lockdown.

Spain also saw an increase of more than 25,000 cases on Saturday and cases in Italy rose by more than 31,000.

However, not everyone has been a fan of Australia's intense lockdown rules, with an author from The New York Times saying the country is a “hermit nation”.

The author wrote that our rules were so strict they “seem like something out of China or North Korea”.

More than 99,000 new cases have been recorded in the US.

This article originally appeared on Over60.

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