South Australia has recorded a third consecutive day of zero new cases of COVID-19, despite being in the middle of a “testing blitz” across the state.

The state’s chief public health officer said that it represented “another really good news day for South Australia.”

There are now just 62 active cases of the virus in SA, with the state having recorded a total 435 confirmed cases.

The news comes ahead of today’s national cabinet meeting, which will see Premier Steven Marshall and other state and territory leaders discuss next steps of social distancing and lockdowns across the country.

The rate of infection has dropped across the nation, which could see the return of some elective surgeries after having been suspended since last month.

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth says that the best approach will be “cautious and safe,” adding that the first surgeries to be allowed could be low-risk surgeries with high patient benefits.

Today’s meeting will also discuss remote indigenous areas, where isolation zones may be set up to allow elders to be closer to their communities, AAP reports.

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