Victoria records 10 new Covid cases, lockdown expected to ease

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Victoria has recorded 10 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases as the state braces itself for a change in restrictions.

The key statistic for health authorities is that none of those cases spent time in the community while infectious.

All of the cases are linked to previous cases and were in isolation already, the Department of Health revealed on Tuesday morning.

It was the third consecutive day that has occurred.

There are now 190 infections linked to the outbreak, which originated from NSW.

The state's lockdown is expected to end at midnight on Tuesday however some restrictions are set to remain.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a change to restrictions later on Tuesday. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a change to restrictions later on Tuesday. Source: Getty

What Covid restrictions are expected to change?

Premier Daniel Andrews, senior government ministers and the state's public health team met on Monday night to make a final decision on the new restrictions.

An announcement is expected to be made before midday on Tuesday, with students set to return to school and hospitality and retail businesses to reopen.

However the Herald Sun understands capacity limits between 25 and 50 indoors and up to 100 outdoors are being considered.

A source told the publication restrictions will be "onerous for the next few months" until vaccine rates improve drastically, helping the state fend off the highly-infectious Delta variant.

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Masks are expected to remain mandatory in public indoor and outdoor settings.

A 25 per cent capacity limit for offices is predicted.

When Victoria emerged from last month's lockdown, a number of strict restrictions were kept in place for two weeks, including a 25-kilometre travel rule, a ban on visitors at homes and strict density limits for hospitality, retail and offices.

Some businesses, including gyms and nightclubs, weren't able to reopen.

The statewide lockdown was called on July 15 and initially slated to run five days before it was extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday.

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