Mystery surrounds two cases as virus numbers drop

Australian Associated Press
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Victoria has reported one new case of COVID-19 as Melbourne residents head into a weekend of greater social freedom.

Saturday's health department figures show the fresh diagnosis and a daily case average of 2.4 for the fortnight up to Friday.

Authorities continue to investigate two mystery cases, for which there is no known source.

People enjoy a drink at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia.
Residents enjoy a beer at the The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda. Source: Getty Images

The weekend brings eased coronavirus social restrictions for Melburnians, including that families can visit each other at home, but only one household can visit another household per day.

The 25km travel limit remains in place and outdoor gatherings are still capped at 10 people, though there is no limit on the number of households involved.

Premier’s plea as Covid restrictions ease

It will be an emotional weekend for many people who have been unable to see loved ones for months.

However, Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday pleaded for caution.

"I know that is challenging but if we want to keep doing that and not be locked down again and unable to see the people that we love, we just have to keep vigilant," he said.

"We have to be, as a community, as stubborn as this virus. These last few months have to mean something, they have to be worth something."

People exercise at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, Australia.
A woman jogs at Albert Park Lake. Source: Getty Images

Victoria's two coronavirus cases under investigation include someone who had the virus in the past but is likely no longer infectious.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said Australia could be on track to eliminate coronavirus.

The risk of a third wave in the state was minimal but would not be zero until a vaccine was produced, he said.

People visit a shopping area in Melbourne.
Shoppers hit the mall in Melbourne after restrictions were eased earlier this week. Source: Getty Images

Mr Andrews will not face the media on Saturday, bringing his daily news conference marathon to an end.

The premier has addressed Victorians for 120 consecutive days starting July 3.

Health Minister Martin Foley is due to conduct Saturday's briefing.

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