There are more encouraging signs in Victoria with the state recording just one new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
It’s Victoria’s lowest daily increase since early June.
There were also no further deaths recorded overnight, with Victoria’s toll remaining at 816.
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Melbourne’s rolling 14-day average is now down to just 8.1 cases, while it is just 0.5 in regional areas of Victoria.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was among those celebrating the news, tweeting “One. One-der-ful.”
One. One-der-ful. https://t.co/BzXiPTw4u8
— Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO) October 16, 2020
It comes as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to announce a significant easing of Melbourne’s lockdown on Sunday.
Officials have flagged extending the current 5km travel bubble to 20km.
Larger gatherings are also expected to be given the go-ahead, however they would likely only be outdoors, not in people’s homes.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt also applauded the state’s numbers and has urged Victoria to significantly ease restrictions.
“The epidemiological conditions for a Covid Safe reopening of hospitality, movement & family reunions among others, have now been firmly met. Vic should now be able to move to the next step in line w NSW.” Mr Hunt tweeted on Saturday.