Victoria records third straight zero day

By | November 1, 2020

Victoria has recorded its third straight day of no new coronavirus cases as Melburnians spent the weekend in restaurants and bars for the first time since July.

The 14-day rolling average for metropolitan Melbourne is still well below the safe threshold of five, falling again from 2.2 to 1.9 overnight.

The number of cases from an unknown source remains at one.

Regional Victoria‘s 14-day rolling average remains at zero with no mystery cases.

There are no active cases in regional Victoria.

The state’s death toll remains at 819.

Victoria has recorded 20,346 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 61 cases still active as of Sunday.

It comes after Victoria recorded no new cases on both Saturday and Sunday after the one weak positive infection on Saturday was reviewed and rejected.

The last time Victoria had a positive case was Friday when four infections were recorded.

Victoria hasn’t recorded three or more consecutive days of zero new COVID-19 cases since February.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton has flagged that universal mask wearing in Victoria would be reviewed in future reopening steps, but said they were still required while community transmission was occurring.

“Masks are very important for those potential transmission events when we don’t know that there’s something out there,” he said on Sunday.

“We will be transitioning from universal mask wearing to maybe indoors only, or to maybe just in high risk settings at the appropriate time.”

The city was back open across the weekend after a gruelling 112-day lockdown, with some pubs and restaurants booked out for up to two weeks.

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The easing of restrictions saw 16,200 retail stores able to reopen last Wednesday, along with 5800 cafes and restaurants, 1000 beauty salons and 800 pubs.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to provide more detail on Monday’s infections at a media conference later in the day.

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