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‘Mathematically impossible’ to reach target by next Sunday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said it is now “mathematically impossible” for Melbourne to reach its goal to easing restrictions as previously hoped by next Sunday.“I tried to be as clear as I could with people that it did not look likely to me or to any of the team that we’ll get below five…

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said it is now “mathematically impossible” for Melbourne to reach its goal to easing restrictions as previously hoped by next Sunday.

“I tried to be as clear as I could with people that it did not look likely to me or to any of the team that we’ll get below five by next Sunday,” he told reporters.

Victoria has today recorded 12 new cases of coronavirus and one death linked to aged care, the first fatality in three days.

Melbourne’s 14 day rolling average has dropped slightly from 9.5 to 9.3, while the number of cases from an unknown source remains the same at 10.

Mr Andrews said there would still be “significant changes” announced next Sunday but he was “not in a position to detail what they’ll be”.

Mr Andrews announced he had signed an order extending Victoria’s state of emergency and the state of disaster by a further four weeks until 11:59pm on November 8.

This was being down out of an “abundance of caution”, Mr Andrews said.

New rules will come into force in Victoria from midnight tonight, with close contacts of a coronavirus case ordered to complete 14 days of isolation now must take a COVID-19 test on day 11 or complete a further 10 days of quarantine.

Businesses in regional Victoria must also take “all reasonable steps” to establish if a customer is from regional Victoria and will face a $10,000 fine for failing to comply with this rule, which is now part of the COVID-safe plan.

Workers permitted into regional Victoria for employment purposes will also face a $5000 if they don’t “act appropriately”.

There have been five new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in NSW up to 8pm on Saturday.

Of those, two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine and three were locally acquired, one with no known source.

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