Australia Victoria marks five days of zero local cases, restrictions on track to ease

01:43  24 february  2021
01:43  24 february  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Victoria has recorded its fifth day of zero local coronavirus cases as the state looks to further ease restrictions on Friday.

The number of active cases in the state has dropped to 20, with more than 20,000 people being tested in the past 24 hours.

There were no new infections detected in hotel quarantine as international flights arriving into Victoria continue to remain paused.

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Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday said the state was "well placed" to ease restrictions come midnight on Friday.

The date marks when the 14-day incubation period will be up for a bulk of close contacts currently isolating due to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

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"I hope to be able to make some significant announcements on Friday," he said.

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Daniel Andrews wearing a suit and tie: Victoria looks to ease restrictions on Friday. © Getty Victoria looks to ease restrictions on Friday.

"That will then mean we can go back to hopefully, pretty much those COVIDSafe Summer settings."

Victoria's 'COVIDSafe Summer' restrictions originally included up to 30 visitors in a home and masks being mandatory only in some indoor settings.

There are also aims to bring office capacity up to 75 per cent.

Mr Andrews said he would confirm what the state's new restrictions are on Friday.

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