Vic virus rules set to ease, no new cases

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Victoria is poised to return to pre-lockdown COVID rules later this week as the state recorded its fourth consecutive day without a new case.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed there were no new local or overseas acquired cases recorded on Tuesday, following 17,270 tests.

There remain 25 active cases of COVID-19 across the state, including one person who is in hospital but no longer in intensive care.

Thousands, however, remain in self-isolation after coming into contact with cases linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

A total of 22 cases have been traced back to a family of three staying on the third floor of the Melbourne Airport hotel in early February, who contracted the highly-infectious UK strain of the virus overseas.

Fears the virus would spread into the community led to a five-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, which ended last Thursday.

Some restrictions, including mask-wearing and strict gathering limits, remain until Friday when the last close contacts end 14 days of isolation.

"Whilst we'll leave those announcements until Thursday or Friday, we are well placed, given we continue to see no additional cases and lots and lots of negative test results from that target cohort," Mr Andrews told reporters.

The premier said the state could return to COVID-safe summer settings including lifting workforce office capacity from 50 to 75 per cent.

It comes as 580 doses of Pfizer vaccine were administered in Victoria on Monday as part of the first day of its rollout in the state.

"That 580 doesn't seem very many but it is a really good start and one that I think all Victorians will be very pleased with," Mr Andrews said.

Frontline workers in healthcare, aged care and hotel quarantine will be among the first to get the jab at dedicated vaccination hubs at three public hospitals.

The federal government has allocated about 12,000 doses to Victoria in the first week of the rollout, with up to 59,000 doses expected in the first four weeks.

Mobile units will be vaccinating aged care residents and people living in disability care.

While Mr Andrews said he looked forward to getting the jab, he was "very focused" on frontline workers and vulnerable Victorians receiving it first.

"They should be getting the jab before I do. But I stress, I will be getting it, Cath will be getting it, the kids will be getting it, my mum will be getting it because it works. It's our way out of this," he said.

"When I do get it, probably from my local pharmacist or my local GP, I'll be sure and send a photo around."