Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases have returned to a single-digit figure on Monday after Premier Daniel Andrews warned “silly” behaviour could prove to be an unwanted obstacle in easing Melbourne’s restrictions as temperatures begin to rise.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced nine new cases and zero deaths in the previous 24 hours.
It is just the second time Victoria has recorded zero daily deaths since July 13, with the state’s death toll remaining at 806.
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has dropped to 11.6.
It follows a weekend of warm weather for Melburnians that saw 12 new cases on Sunday and eight on Saturday.
Mr Andrews said on Sunday the state was making positive progress on its roadmap out of lockdown, yet “silly or stupid” behaviour could hamper Melbourne’s next step.
"We are so, so close — let's not any of us do anything that might undermine the very positive numbers, the very strong performance we have seen in recent days,” he said.
The premier was responding to the scenes at multiple city beaches over the weekend where restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing appeared to be neglected by many.
Testing push after mystery cases
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday said there were three new mystery cases in postcodes 3145, 3023 and 3019 and urged anyone in the areas with symptoms to get tested.
He said a single case of unknown origin might represent 10 or 15 true cases in the community.
"It's really a call to arms… anyone in those postcodes should be aware that there's transmission in those postcodes," he said.
There have been 13 mystery cases in Melbourne between September 19 and October 2.
Melbourne needs a 14-day average of fewer than five cases as well as less than five mystery cases for restrictions to further ease on October 19.
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