Covid Victoria: Melbourne's major test as zero new cases reported

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·2-min read

Victoria has reported a fourth day in a row with no new cases of coronavirus and no further deaths.

The Department of Health and Human Services shared the promising news on Twitter, while adding the 14-day average remained at 1.9 while there are two cases with an unknown source.

The news comes as Melbourne faces its first public holiday test since emerging from the strict Covid-19 lockdown.

Park-goers and picnic-goers at the botanical gardens in Melbourne.
Victoria has reported zero cases for a fourth day in a row. Source: Getty Images

Melbourne Cup at Flemington is off-limits to spectators, with pubs and bars expected to be at full capacity with caps of 50 outdoors and 20 indoors.

Those wanting to host Melbourne Cup parties at home can only invite two adults plus dependents from one household.

People congregating in parks can gather in groups of up to 10, a likely scenario as temperatures soar into the high 20s.

Tuesday is the first time since late February Victoria has recorded so many consecutive days of zero new cases.

There are currently 49 active cases in the state, the lowest number since June 15, having peaked at 7880 on August 11.

More Covid restrictions to ease in Victoria

Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said case numbers remained steady in Melbourne even as restrictions were eased last week because people were practising social distancing and wearing masks.

"We are going to need to continue to do that for the months ahead," she said.

More restrictions are due to ease in Melbourne from 11:59pm on Sunday, including the scrapping of the so-called "ring of steel" dividing the city from the regions and the 25km travel limit.

Customers sit at socially distanced tables outside a restaurant in the Carlton suburb of Melbourne.
More restrictions will ease in Victoria on Sunday. Source: Getty

Patron caps on pubs and restaurants will also increase to up to 40 people inside and 70 outside.

Ms Allan said the Victorian government won't further ease restrictions before Sunday, despite the positive figures.

The state's virus death toll remains at 819 and the national figure 907.

Meanwhile, hardware giant Bunnings announced its much-loved sausage sizzles will restart at regional Victorian stores from mid-November.

with AAP

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