The number of coronavirus cases detected in Victoria continues to decline, with 28 new infections in the last 24 hours.
Eight more Victorians have also died from the virus, bringing the state death toll to 745.
Thursday’s daily count – the lowest in nearly three months – puts Melbourne’s 14-day moving average at 44.4, below the 50-30 target needed to ease restrictions on September 28.
The last time the state had a daily count of business this low was June 24, when there were 29 new cases.
The news comes as regional Victorians wake up to their first day of relaxed COVID-19 rules, with Victoria Police setting up a ‘ring of steel’ to stop Melbourne residents from leaving the city.
Under the new rules, pubs, cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria can reopen for dining customers and outdoor gatherings of 10 people are now allowed.
Residents can also leave their homes for any reason, regardless of distance within regional Victoria.
More to come
Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must adhere to a curfew between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. During curfew, people in Melbourne are only allowed to leave their home for work and for essential health, care or safety reasons.
Between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, people in Melbourne can leave home to exercise, purchase necessary goods and services, work, provide healthcare, or care for a sick or elderly relative. The full list of restrictions can be found here.
All Victorians are required to wear a face covering when they leave home, wherever they live.
People in Australia should stay at least 5 feet away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on collecting limits. If you experience cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange for a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.