Victoria records two new COVID-19 cases as Dan Andrews prepares to relax some restrictions

Victoria records two new coronavirus cases and no deaths as Daniel Andrews prepares to FINALLY end Melbourne’s radical lockdown

  • Victoria reported two new coronavirus cases and zero deaths overnight
  • Premier Daniel Andrews expected to announce change to Melbourne lockdown 
  • Federal health minister Greg Hunt wished restrictions to be in line with NSW
  • Mr Andrews said improvements will be in the social and not economic space 

Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions.

The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling daily case count of 7.5 in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight up to Saturday. Regional Victoria’s two-week average is 0.5.

The statistics mean Victoria’s coronavirus death count remains at 816 and the national toll is 904.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to reveal significant changes to Melbourne’s restrictions on movement and gatherings on Sunday.

The Herald Sun reported the 5 kilometre travel restriction will be extended to 20 kilometres. 

Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit while the cap on outdoor gatherings will be widened to as many as 10 people. 

Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne)

Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions (pictured, residents jogging in Melbourne)

The Herald Sun reported Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing)

The Herald Sun reported Melburnians will also be able to exercise or leave their homes for longer than the current two-hour time limit (pictured, Melbourne residents fishing)

The announcement will not change mandatory mask wearing whenever Victorians leave their home.

Federal health minister Greg Hunt has urged the Victorian government to ease restrictions in line with NSW.

‘The epidemiological conditions for a COVID-safe reopening of hospitality, movement (and) family reunions among others, have now been firmly met,’ Mr Hunt posted on Twitter on Saturday.

‘Victoria should now be able to move to the next step in line (with) NSW.’

However Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of ‘playing games’, before adding that he would not be rushed in reopening Victoria.

‘We are not going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed. And that’s why this strategy is not about racing to open up (and) running to COVID-normal – it’s about safe and steady steps,’ the premier said.

‘We are right on the edge now of defeating this second wave. It’s not occurred in many countries, if any, across the world.’ 

Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday’s announcements will be ‘much more in the social space than in the economic space’, dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries.

Health authorities continue to investigate Victoria’s 15 cases for the fortnight up to Thursday which have no known source.

Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be 'much more in the social space than in the economic space', dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries

Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday’s announcements will be ‘much more in the social space than in the economic space’, dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries

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