Coronavirus: Victoria's 'outstanding' streak continues

Victoria has extended its promising coronavirus streak, going 72 hours without recording a new case.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced zero cases in the previous 24 hours on Monday and follows days of no new cases on Saturday and Sunday.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has fallen to 1.9 while there is just one mystery case over a two-week period.

There were also zero deaths in the previous 24 hours, with the state’s death toll remaining at 819.

Melbourne has recorded zero cases in five of the last eight days – with just nine cases during that period.

Melburnians have enjoyed their first weekend of greater social freedom. Source: Getty
Melburnians have enjoyed their first weekend of greater social freedom. Source: Getty

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton believes active cases could fall to about a dozen by next week if the current trend continues. The state had more than 7000 active cases at the peak of the second wave.

Deputy Premier James Merlino said zero cases over the weekend was the result of an “outstanding” effort from Victorians, with processed tests once again above 15,000 on Sunday.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to front media on Monday after two days off following 120 consecutive press conferences amid the state’s second wave.

Trend could mean easing beyond original plan, CHO says

Professor Sutton hinted on Sunday another strong week of data could result in cap limits and density quotas for some industries being raised higher than initially outlined.

More restrictions are due to ease in Melbourne this Sunday, including the scrapping of the so-called "ring of steel" dividing the city from the regions and the 25km travel limit.

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Although the encouraging case numbers won't mean that date is brought forward, Prof Sutton said authorities would mull over changes that go beyond those previously announced.

"What allowances come on November 8 will absolutely be informed by what this week looks like," he said.

"Some of the details might change. We can always make consideration of what caps might be in certain settings, what density quotients might be in those settings.

"And some of the specific industries that might come on board in terms of being able to operate."

with AAP

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