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Coronavirus Victoria: Cases plummet to under 10 after recent rise

Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases have dropped on Friday, driving Melbourne’s all-important 14-day rolling average down further.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced seven new cases and two more deaths over the previous 24 hours.

The cases total will bring some comfort to health authorities and Melburnians after three consecutive days where the daily total rose. On Thursday, 15 new cases were announced.

A photo of people in Melbourne enjoying the sunshine, with some wearing face masks.
Melbourne's 14-day rolling average continues to fall. Source: Getty Images

The 14-day rolling average for metropolitan Melbourne now sits at 12.8 – edging closer to the trigger point of five needed for Step Three of the roadmap.

It is the biggest drop in the 14-day average in over a week.

From September 16-29 there were 14 cases with an unknown sources in Melbourne and none in regional areas. The city needs that total lower than five to move to Step Three.

The state’s death toll is now 802.

On Thursday, Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng urged anyone in Frankston with symptoms to come forward to get tested after the Chadstone Shopping Centre cluster grew.

Members of a household of “eight to nine” people in Frankston tested positive to coronavirus, putting the southern suburb on high alert.

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