Australia: Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases as it opens up

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It comes as Victoria records no new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row from 6,972 tests and more people return to working onsite. At a press conference to open a vaccination centre in Bendigo this morning — the first in regional Victoria — Health Minister Martin Foley said more than 4,000 people had been vaccinated in the state last week. However, he expressed concerns that some of the doses delivered to the St Vincent's aged care facility in Werribee on Wednesday and administered by Aspen Medical were wasted.

Victoria has recorded zero new cases of coronavirus but hundreds are still on alert for possible exposure. The state health department confirmed there were only three new infections in hotel quarantine on Tuesday morning, and no cases of community transmission. Residents of a Southbank townhouse complex have been ordered to isolate for up to a fortnight after authorities established a link between two coronavirus cases who live there. A Coles express, on the Melton Highway in Taylor Lakes, was also added to the list as a tier 2 site on Monday after positive case visited the petrol

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Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus hours before a series of restrictions are slashed across Melbourne.

The state's health officials confirmed only one additional infection in hotel quarantine from 25,635 tests carried out overnight.

A raft of social distancing restrictions will be eased on Thursday night as the spread of the deadly virus in the Victorian capital continues to slow.

Melbourne is emerging from lockdown though a day after health authorities in New South Wales found two local cases of the virus in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

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Victoria will relax its mask rules and allow more workers to return to the office from next week, as the state records its eighth consecutive day without a locally acquired coronavirus infection. Key points: Private businesses can have up to half of staff return, while 25 per cent of the public sector can go They will no longer be compulsory in offices, but it is recommended they be worn where physical distancing is not possible. The state recorded no new coronavirus infections in the community or in hotel quarantine on Wednesday, the eighth straight day without locally acquired cases in the state.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announces Victoria will OPEN its border with NSW after reviewing Covid risk - but Sydney and Brisbane are still locked out.

Victoria's ski-field operators meanwhile have reacted with fury to a 'devastating' Covid rule they say could destroy their season for a third year running.

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From 11.59pm on Thursday night, Melbourne's five million residents will no longer need to wear masks outdoors and can move freely within Victoria as the rule preventing them from travelling more than 25km away from their home is scrapped.

Masks will remain mandatory indoors, though will only be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Anyone who wants to head to the slopes in Victoria must prove they have had a negative Covid test 72 hours before leaving, including children as young as three.

Falls Creek Chamber of Commerce president Lisa Logan questioned why ski resorts were being subjected to the controversial rule, which she said could have a 'hugely devastating effect' on businesses through the school holidays.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged possible changes to the state's mandatory mask rules, as the state records its 16th-straight day without a new coronavirus infection or death. Key points: Mr Andrews says the first change to mask rules could be not having to wear one when alone outdoors. Mr Andrews on Sunday reiterated his Government's stance that masks were an insurance policy, especially as the state began to open back up . " It is a small thing to do, but it is making a big difference," Mr Andrews said. But he said when he announces the next step of eased restrictions on

Victoria again records no new coronavirus cases or COVID-19 deaths, as the Deputy Chief Health Officer describes the 15 consecutive days of zero new cases as "about as good as it can get". There's always the potential something will pop- up . We do need to be vigilant for any illness that's out there and make sure that people do get tested." Professor Cheng said there was a particular push for people in the Wyndham and Hume local government areas, in Melbourne's west and north, to get tested if they had even the mildest symptoms.

'We are absolutely being victimised by all of this when it's not required for any other destination,' she said, according to the Herald Sun.

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'Literally before I even knew the news, people were cancelling their bookings.

'The fact that Thredbo and Perisher (in NSW) have been able to operate is like rubbing salt in the wounds. They're treating us like children.'


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Victoria's ski season was cancelled last year as the state went into lockdown to combat a coronavirus outbreak, and severely impacted by bushfires during 2019.

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In regional Victoria, the home visit cap will increase to five adults plus their dependents per day, while up to 50 people can gather outdoors.

Mr Merlino said restrictions will ease further in a week's time if COVID-19 cases continue to remain low.

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Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases or deaths for the 13th consecutive day. However, authorities have urged people to watch for symptoms after an aged care worker who visited Melbourne tested positive for the coronavirus when she returned to South Australia. The case is being treated She is not showing any symptoms, but both South Australia and Victoria are treating the case as active "out of an abundance of caution". Victoria 's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said on Wednesday anyone who had visited Melbourne Central on November 8 and Melbourne Airport on

Covid rules relaxed for Melbourne and Victoria

Melbourne:

25km travel bubble axed

Two adult household visitors allowed

Gatherings outside in groups of 20

Masks mandatory indoors

Gyms reopened and pub limits increased

Victoria:

Five adult household visitors allowed

Gatherings outside in groups of 50

Anyone visiting ski slopes must provide negative Covid test 72 hours before arriving - including children aged three and above

'We have to ease in a way that is safe, and we are making positive progress' he told reporters on Wednesday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there still may be undetected cases in the community and urged people not to slacken off on following rules.

'It's really tough. This is 16 months into a pandemic. There is no question that people are over this,' he said.

Professor Sutton said authorities would have to balance the ongoing need for masks in high-risk indoor settings over winter against fatigue.

'We don't want people to be fatigued by mask-wearing and basically not doing it,' he said.

Victoria recorded five new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, including two cases linked to a Southbank townhouse complex announced on Tuesday.

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Two of the three other new cases are close contacts of people within the Kings Park Apartment Complex who previously tested positive for the virus.

It brings the total number of cases at the complex to eight, including an infant.

The other new case is a nurse at Epping Private Hospital, where three COVID-positive Arcare Maidstone aged care residents were previously transferred.

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the nurse had received at least her first dose of the vaccine and may have been infectious during at least one of two shifts this month.

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Nine Epping Private staff members have been told to quarantine for a fortnight, while others have been tested and will need to return a negative result before they can work again.

The nurse also worked at the Northern Hospital on June 11 and 12, and so far 22 staff at that hospital have been told to quarantine.

The health department said all other staff in the Northern Hospital's affected area are being tested.

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