Coronavirus Victoria: Slight rise in cases for third day in a row

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Victoria has recorded a slight rise in daily coronavirus cases for a third consecutive day.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced four new cases in the previous 24 hours.

Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has risen to 2.6 from 2.4 while mystery cases over a two-week period have fallen to two from four.

It is the first time the city’s 14-day rolling average has risen in 17 days.

On Thursday, the state reported three new cases, but two are under investigation to determine whether they are old cases after both people tested positive in August.

The third case was a girl who attended Good Start Early Learning Centre in Bundoora between October 20 and 22.

There were no new deaths in the previous 24 hours, with the state’s death toll remaining at 819.

Melburnians sitting at a cafe after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Melburnians have been taking advantage of eased restrictions for hospitality. Source: Getty Images

Premier’s warning ahead of first weekend of relative freedom

All eyes are now on the state’s heavily-scrutinised contact tracing system as Melbourne enters its third full day out of lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews has encouraged Victorians to dob in people flouting COVIDSafe rules, saying it's "everyone's business".

Ahead of Melbourne's first weekend in months with open pubs, restaurants and cafes, Mr Andrews sent a warning to businesses and customers.

"If you do not do the right thing in your shop, in your setting, in choices that you make, whether you be a customer, a worker or a business owner, then you are putting everyone at risk," he told reporters.

On-the-spot fines of $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses can be meted out for COVID-19 restriction breaches.

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