Victoria records just two new cases of COVID-19

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 17, 2020

Victoria has recorded only one new case of coronavirus and no deaths in the past 24 hours. Just months ago, on July 30, Victoria recorded 723 cases, and now it's back down to single digits.

Metropolitan Melbourne's 14-day rolling case average is now 8.1, down from 8.7 yesterday.

Melbourne residents are expecting COVID-19 restrictions to be eased on Sunday but it is unclear how much freedom will be regained.

Experts have said the lockdown has been effective in curbing the state's second wave and while cases have dramatically declined, easing restrictions should be done carefully.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton celebrated Saturday's figures, tweeting that they were "one-der-ful". Earlier, when the coronavirus numbers were released, he said on his Twitter account: "One".

The hospitality sector is unlikely to be able to reopen dining in Melbourne.

But Andrews, whose Labor Party government is in opposition to the conservative Liberal Party at the helm of the federal government, said he would not get pressured. "We aren't going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed".

The state has 148 active cases of COVID-19 with the case noted on Saturday linked to an already known outbreak, with 11 healthcare workers and 13 active cases in aged care.

Meanwhile, 17 travellers of the hundreds who flew from New Zealand to Sydney as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble, travelled later to Melbourne, which is not part of the bubble, and were being sought by health authorities, officials in Victoria said.

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