UPDATE @ 7.30 AM | Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, either locally acquired or in hotel quarantine.
It comes as ministers meet this morning to decide whether or not the five-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown will end at midnight tonight as planned.
It now seems certain that the measures will lift on schedule, though there may still be some lingering restrictions in place as the state reopens.
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A whopping 39,000 people came forward for testing over the last 24 hours.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to provide further information later this morning.
Yesterday there were no new cases reported. 39,258 test results were received. Thank you to those who got tested – #EveryTestHelps.
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) February 16, 2021
EARLIER @ 6.00 AM | All eyes will be on Victoria this morning, with the state hopeful of coming out of lockdown.
The snap five-day measures were announced late last week and were only expected to last until midnight tonight.
The Victorian Premier has been unable to confirm whether or not the lockdown will lift as plan, with a decision now due after today’s coronavirus numbers are revealed.
As of yesterday, there were 19 cases linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak, but it’s understood that all cases are close contacts of previous cases and therefore not considered ‘mystery’ infections.
There are reports that Premier Dan Andrews and ministers will meet this morning to approve plans to lift the lockdown, but there may be some lesser restrictions going forward.
It could mean that some crowds are allowed back at the Australian Open in time for the semi-finals tomorrow.
An update from Victorian authorities is expected later this morning.