The state's lowest case numbers in 13 weeks.
In welcome news to Victorians (well, the ones in Melbourne anyway), the state recorded only 28 new cases of COVID-19 overnight – Victoria's lowest case increase in about three months. The last time Victoria recorded fewer than 30 new cases was June 24. Sadly eight deaths were also recorded overnight, with six linked to aged care.
The total number of active cases across the state now sits at 941– 50 fewer than yesterday, with only 33 active cases from regional Victoria.
"That is a fantastic outcome and a tribute to the hard work, sacrifice and contribution every single Victorian is making,” Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said at this morning's press conference. "This strategy is working, these numbers are falling and this is exactly what we have to do, stay the course, get these numbers low that is what will keep them low,” he added.
The drop in numbers has taken Metropolitan Melbourne’s case average from 49.6 cases yesterday to 44.4 cases today.
If case numbers continue to remain low, Melbourne residents are tracking well to move on to step two of the city's roadmap for reopening on September 28, which requires the Melbourne average to drop to an average of fewer than 50 cases over the previous 14 day period.
Meanwhile, regional Victoria is a ways ahead of Melbourne; entering step three of the region's roadmap to reopening overnight. The area's rolling daily average sits at 2.9.
In Melbourne, a slight loosening of restrictions on September 28 would allow for public gatherings of up to five people (from a maximum of two households), ‘social bubbles' for singles, and the return of some workforces.
Get a detailed rundown on those changes to restrictions right here.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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