Bondi beach Sydney, Australia
Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. Hannah Chen/ Pixabay

Australia has a “cause for celebration” after it recorded only one case of community transmission on Monday. New cases of COVID-19 also continue to show a decline.

On Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed that stay-at-home restrictions and social distancing orders continue to be successful after the country recorded only 12 new cases of COVID-19 and one case of community transmission. The figures have been recorded in the 24 hours ending 6:30 a.m., Tuesday.

“There was only one case from an unknown source, only one case of community transmission across Australia,” Hunt said, noted ABC.

“That is perhaps the most important figure I have had the privilege of raising since coming into this role and dealing with the coronavirus issue.”

Add to this, there was no case of community transmission, or a case from an unknown source, detected on Friday, April 24. According to government data, only 10% of the total cases of COVID-19 in Australia are listed as community transmission. As of April 28 10:06 p.m. local time, there are 6,731 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 84 deaths, Worldometer reports.

"It means that as a country we are not just flattening the curve but we are consolidating it, extending it and securing it,” Hunt added.

The health minister also confirmed that the further decline in cases point to possible lowering of restrictions soon.

"The more we keep these numbers down … that is a cause for hope but it's also a pathway for recovery," the minister noted, adding "every restriction that is lifted is a cause for celebration."

Plans to slowly reopen the states have already been underway. On Tuesday, Bondi Beach and two other beaches in Sydney have reopened to local residents. New South Wales will also relax stay-at-home orders on Friday, allowing two people to visit another person’s home.