Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases have fallen for the third consecutive day.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced six new cases on Thursday after seven on Wednesday.
Two days of cases in the single digits is promising news for the state after struggling to suppress the stubborn tail end of the second wave in recent weeks.
There were also zero deaths across the state, with its death toll remaining at 816.
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has fallen to 8.9 – its lowest since the peak of the second wave.
There are now 15 mystery cases in the city over a two-week period.
Health authorities had hoped the two figures would have dropped to below five by Sunday when Premier Daniel Andrews will announce the next set of restrictions to be eased.
He has already revealed Step Three of the roadmap will not be taken in its entirety due to the trigger points not being met.
Pressure mounts on the premier to open Melbourne up, with comparisons once again made to NSW who on Wednesday recorded more locally-acquired cases than Victoria for the first time in months.
Just four of Wednesday’s cases were in Melbourne.
Town responds to regional outbreak
All eyes are on the regional town of Shepparton in northern Victoria after a truck driver’s visit spread the Chadstone cluster to the area.
The man, who also sparked a cluster of cases in Kilmore after illegally dining at a cafe, lied to contact tracers and failed to declare he had stopped off in Shepparton, 180km north of Melbourne, after his trip at the end of September.
He only declared his Shepparton trip to the DHHS on Tuesday, to the dismay of testing chief Jeroen Weimar.
Three cases in the town were announced on Wednesday as a testing blitz of symptomatic and asymptomatic residents who’d visited a series of locations began.
There were reports of residents waiting up to seven hours to get tested, with a DHHS spokesperson telling Yahoo News Australia the town has “heeded a call to action”.
More to come.
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