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Victoria records five new virus cases

Victoria has recorded its lowest daily infection count in more than three months, with just five new virus cases confirmed on Monday. The Department of Health also confirmed three more deaths overnight, bringing the state’s death toll to 787.The single-digit case figure is Victoria’s lowest daily infection number in more than three months, since four…

Victoria has recorded its lowest daily infection count in more than three months, with just five new virus cases confirmed on Monday.

The Department of Health also confirmed three more deaths overnight, bringing the state’s death toll to 787.

The single-digit case figure is Victoria’s lowest daily infection number in more than three months, since four cases were recorded on June 12.

Melbourne’s crucial 14-day average remains firmly below 30, standing at 20.3.

It comes after Premier Daniel Andrew eased some of Melbourne’s harsh lockdown measures on Sunday, with the city’s curfew scrapped.

About 127,000 Melburnians will be able to return to work from Monday, while residents will be permitted to meet outside in groups of up to five people from two households.

Primary school students will also be able to return to the classroom from October 12.

If cases remain low the Premier expected Melbourne to take the third step on the state’s COVID-19 recovery road map on October 19, a week earlier than originally scheduled.

There are 11 active cases linked to the Casey community outbreak, 12 cases connected to Footscray Hospital, seven at the Alfred Hospital and five infections linked to Springvale shared accommodation outbreak.

The Premier will front the media later on Monday.

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