Coronavirus Victoria: Daily cases jump back above 50, eight more deaths

Victoria’s daily coronavirus infections have jumped back above 50 while the state has recorded a further eight deaths.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed 55 new cases on Tuesday.

It is the fifth consecutive day daily infections have been in the double digits.

There were 41 new cases and nine deaths on Monday.

The state’s death toll now stands at 683, while there have been 770 deaths nationally.

The latest numbers come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticised the state’s roadmap out of lockdown, calling on the state to ramp up its contact tracing ability to open up sooner than outlined.

Victoria's daily cases have once again remained under 100. Source: Getty
Victoria's daily cases have once again remained under 100. Source: Getty

Mr Morrison told reporters on Monday he hoped the exit strategy Premier Daniel Andrews outlined on Sunday was a “worst-case scenario”.

While the state can move to its next stage of its four-part roadmap if average daily cases remain below 50 for 14 days, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he will not allow Melbourne to move ahead before September 28 even if the threshold has been met.

However, he said subsequent steps could come quicker if their thresholds were met earlier than the date outlined.

Step Three is pencilled in to commence on October 26 if the daily case average remains below five for 14 days.

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