Just two new COVID-19 cases as Victoria awaits eased restrictions


Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said on Friday that health authorities were running models on whether changes to the 5km rule would be viable.

“We’re looking at everything at the moment,” he said.

“There’s models being run as we speak and they should be off the computer in the next day or so. It does take a little bit of time to do. We’re considering all sorts of things in making those decisions.”

The other restrictions to be lifted or eased on Sunday are most likely to be those related to social and family gatherings in outdoor settings.

In disappointing news for cafe and shop owners, Daniel Andrews has all but ruled out letting retail or hospitality open up immediately on Sunday, even for outdoor dining. But he hinted that announcements on opening up shuttered businesses in Melbourne could follow within days.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said that Victoria had met the public health benchmarks needed to open up to the same extent as NSW, and “hospitality, movement and family reunions among others” should be re-allowed.

In response to the Health Minister, Mr Andrews said his government “aren’t going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed”

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“No-one should be suggesting that the Chief Health Officer and I are keeping the restrictions on any longer than they need to be, any longer than the advice says to us this is an appropriate response so we can open up,” he said.

Professor Brett Sutton said on Saturday that the state government wanted to ease restrictions in a way that there was “no backwards step, where we do it with the confidence that it can stay that way”.

Victoria recorded only one case on Saturday and no deaths.The case is linked to a new ‘community outbreak’ in Hoppers Crossing, according to the Chief Health Officer’s daily report.

The outbreak comprises three cases across two households, and includes what was originally called a ‘complex case’ linked to Woolworths QV in Melbourne’s CBD.

One new mystery case has been confirmed in the Melbourne area in recent days, in postcode 3128, which covers Box Hill, Box Hill Central, Box Hill South, Houston, Wattle Park.

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