Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases continue to plummet, edging close to a single-digit figure on Monday.
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced 11 new cases and two more deaths in the previous 24 hours.
It follows just 14 new cases on Sunday – which was at the time the lowest number of daily infections since June 19.
Monday’s total is the lowest since June 16, and pushes the rolling 14-day average for metropolitan Melbourne to 34.4.
The state’s death toll now sits at 763.
Hope restrictions could be eased early
Premier Daniel Andrews said the weekend’s low numbers was “cause for great optimism”.
Speculation is now growing that the third step of the city’s roadmap could come sooner than October 26 if a rolling 14-day average of below five is met beforehand.
Mr Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton have both hinted in the last week the third step could be brought forward.
Yet Mr Andrews reiterated on Sunday the city’s reopening would continue to be “safe and steady”.
“We are on schedule. We may even be a bit ahead of schedule, but we’ve got to keep going,” he said.
The second step will come on September 28.
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