Victoria has recorded 42 new coronavirus infections and no deaths overnight, as the 14-day case averages in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne continue to fall.
It is the first day without a coronavirus death in more than two months. The last day with zero deaths recorded was July 13.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced regional Victoria will be able to progress to the next step of the restrictions roadmap from 11:59pm tomorrow.
“It is a massive thing. It is a very positive thing,” he said.
“It is something we should all be very pleased and proud of, the job that regional Victorians have done.”
Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day daily case average is now 52.9, down from 54.4 yesterday.
Regional Victoria’s is now 3.6, down from 3.9 yesterday.
In the two-week period from August 30 to September 12, metropolitan Melbourne recorded 82 cases with an unknown source, and one was recorded in regional Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services said.
The “mystery” case in regional Victoria was from September 1.
The trigger points for regional Victoria’s next step were a 14-day average below five, and zero mystery cases over two weeks.
Melburnians warned going to regional Victoria would put gains ‘at risk’
Mr Andrews warned people from Melbourne against travelling to regional areas “unless you absolutely need to”.
“There will be a time later in the year when we can have that freedom of movement,” he said.
“We can’t have it now, because it puts at risk everything that is possible in regional Victoria because the numbers are low.”
The Premier flagged upcoming announcements about changes to how Victoria Police monitors the border between Melbourne and regional Victoria.
He said today’s announcement was a credit to “every single person in regional Victoria”.
“This shows every Victorian you can get these numbers low if we all stick together, if we all work together and if we all stay the course,” Mr Andrews said.
In order for metropolitan Melbourne to progress to the next stage of the roadmap, scheduled for September 28, the 14-day daily average must drop to between 30 and 50.
But even if that caseload is reached early, Professor Brett Sutton said the September 28 date was set in stone.
“We need that time for the [policy] settings that we have, but I am very confident we will be in the 30-to-50 range for average daily cases,” he said yesterday.
Coronavirus patient numbers in hospital fall
The Premier said there were now 118 Victorians with COVID-19 in hospital, down from 122 yesterday.
The 118 includes 11 people in intensive care, seven of whom are on a ventilator.
More than 8,800 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.
The total number of cases with an unknown source has decreased by nine to 4,282 overnight.
More to come.