Coronavirus Victoria: State records just a single new case

Nick Whigham
·Assistant News Editor
·2-min read

Victoria has recorded just one new case of coronavirus in the 24-hour period to Saturday.

For the third consecutive day, there were no Covid-19 deaths registered.

Saturday's statistics show the 14-day rolling average of new cases up to Friday stands at 8.1 for metropolitan Melbourne and 0.5 for regional areas.

The remarkable result reaffirms the state’s downward trend in case numbers after Victoria had just two new cases on Friday.

It was the lowest number of cases since June 9 and brought relief to Melburnians, providing further evidence health authorities have managed to suppress the stubborn tail end of the second wave.

Healthcare workers seen at a drive-through Covid-19 testing facility in Shepparton.
Healthcare workers seen at a drive-through Covid-19 testing facility in Shepparton, Victoria on Thursday. Source: AAP

However health authorities will be concerned with Melbourne’s number of mystery cases over a 14-day period which remain stable. Officials will continue to investigate the state’s 17 cases of Covid-19 for the fortnight up to Wednesday which have no known source.

The state’s death toll remains at 816 with the national death toll at 904.

Announcement on restrictions set for Sunday

Melbourne residents are expecting COVID-19 restrictions to be eased on Sunday but it is unclear how much freedom will be regained.

Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated the changes would be more "in the social space", prompting pleas from businesses operators for relief.

Under the government's roadmap out of restrictions, the next step was set to begin in Melbourne on October 26.

A 5km-from home limit was expected to be scrapped, the retail and hospitality industries reopened, public gatherings of up to 10 allowed outside and "household bubbles" of five indoors.

The step was moved forward to Monday but an outbreak at a Chadstone Shopping Centre store meant the city wouldn't meet its required case targets.

Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be "much more in the social space than in the economic space", dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries.

with AAP

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