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Australia Victoria recorded two new COVID-19 cases overnight

02:41  18 october  2020
02:41  18 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Victoria has recorded 11 new coronavirus cases overnight , the state's lowest daily About 7,160 coronavirus test results were processed overnight . There are now a total of 657 active cases across Victoria , down from 743 yesterday. Victoria COVID - 19 snapshot. Melbourne's 14-day average: 9.9.

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Daniel Andrews et al. standing in a parking lot: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions.

The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling daily case count of 7.5 in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight up to Saturday. Regional Victoria's two-week average is 0.5.

The statistics mean Victoria's coronavirus death count remains at 816 and the national toll is 904.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to reveal significant changes to Melbourne's restrictions on movement and gatherings on Sunday.

The Herald Sun reported the 5 kilometre travel restriction will be extended to 20 kilometres.

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Victoria recorded 12 new coronavirus cases and one death overnight on Sunday. Victoria has recorded 12 new cases of coronavirus and one death overnight as beach closures loom Groups of five are permitted, from only two households. Locals play soccer during COVID - 19 at St Kilda beach

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Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit while the cap on outdoor gatherings will be widened to as many as 10 people.

a woman walking down the street: Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne) © Provided by Daily Mail Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne) a group of people flying kites in a park: The Herald Sun reported Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing) © Provided by Daily Mail The Herald Sun reported Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing)

Sports enthusiasts will also be allowed to play tennis or golf without having to go through a clubroom.

Skate parks and DIY car washes are also set to reopen.

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Victoria has experienced its largest jump in COVID - 19 cases in two weeks with 22 people testing positive to the disease from 13,000 tests. The figure

The State Government has announced a 0 million package for hospitality and entertainment industries. Victoria recorded 35 new coronavirus cases and seven further deaths overnight , taking the state's COVID - 19 death toll to 729. The 14-day daily case averages are now 54.4 in metropolitan

Outdoor dining will also be allowed in some places over the next few days with one patron limited for every square metre.

Regional Victoria will also reportedly have caps increased in homes, restaurants, cafes and retail stores.

Victorians will still need to wear masks whenever they leave their homes.

Chin Chin restaurant's Chris Lucas said he was hopeful indoor dining restrictions would also be eased over the coming days.


Video: Shepparton in regional Victoria records three new COVID-19 cases (ABC NEWS)

'Premier Daniel Andrews is finding himself even further on the outer with the mood of Victorians,' he said.

'The longer he keeps us locked up the more damage, both economic and mental health related, and the longer the jobless queues,' he said.

Federal health minister Greg Hunt has urged the Victorian government to ease restrictions in line with NSW.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Victoria has risen by double digits for the tenth consecutive day, with Victoria COVID - 19 snapshot. Dr Murphy praised Victoria 's handling of the current spike in cases , saying authorities always knew there would be outbreaks and the state had a plan to deal with it.

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'The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of hospitality, movement (and) family reunions among others, have now been firmly met,' Mr Hunt posted on Twitter on Saturday.

'Victoria should now be able to move to the next step in line (with) NSW.'

However Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of 'playing games', before adding that he would not be rushed in reopening Victoria.

Daniel Andrews in a suit and tie: Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bend under pressure from some politicians who were calling for bigger rollbacks © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bend under pressure from some politicians who were calling for bigger rollbacks a person sitting on a bench next to a body of water: Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be 'much more in the social space than in the economic space', dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be 'much more in the social space than in the economic space', dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries

'We are not going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed. And that's why this strategy is not about racing to open up (and) running to COVID-normal - it's about safe and steady steps,' the premier said.

'We are right on the edge now of defeating this second wave. It's not occurred in many countries, if any, across the world.'

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Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be 'much more in the social space than in the economic space', dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries.

'We have to be conservative and careful, we have to take safe and steady steps.'

Mr Andrews said on Saturday he would not bend under pressure from some politicians who were calling for bigger rollbacks.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a car: Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases for the fortnight up to Thursday which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic at Shepparton) © Provided by Daily Mail Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases for the fortnight up to Thursday which have no known source (pictured, a COVID-19 pop-up clinic at Shepparton) a group of people standing in a park: Melbourne residents enjoy a day out at the park ahead of announcements to ease restrictions in the city © Provided by Daily Mail Melbourne residents enjoy a day out at the park ahead of announcements to ease restrictions in the city

'Whatever I stand up here … and announce, there will be members of that federal government, some who are from Victoria but I don't think they're for Victoria, who will be out there saying 'It is not enough, you should have done more',' he said.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had only Victorians' interests at heart.

'I, like so many other Victorians — be they in the health, legal, business or broader community — will not be silenced nor stand by as our fellow Victorians lose their liberties and have their economic livelihoods damaged,' he said.

'We are from Victoria and we are for Victoria.'

Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria's 15 cases for the fortnight up to Thursday which have no known source.

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