Coronavirus Victoria: Zero deaths recorded as new cases rise again

·Associate News Editor
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Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in over two months.

The state’s daily coronavirus infections continue to remain below 50 as Premier Daniel Andrews eyes easing restrictions for regional areas.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced 42 new cases while recording zero deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s numbers follow 35 cases and seven deaths on Monday.

Victoria’s death toll remains at 730. The last time the state recorded zero deaths was on July 13.

Dan Andrews said on Monday the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria was imminent. Source: Getty
Dan Andrews said on Monday the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria was imminent. Source: Getty

Mr Andrews said on Monday regional Victoria’s 14-day average of 3.9 meant easing of restrictions was imminent outside of Melbourne.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said authorities were waiting for three mystery cases previously recorded to drop from the current two-week period used to assess the state’s readiness for easing restrictions.

He said that was due to happen on Tuesday.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average is now 52.9 after Tuesday’s numbers, while regional Victoria is at 3.6.

Melbourne needs a 14-day average below 50 to move onto the next step, but Professor Sutton said that will not be happening before September 28.

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