Five people die in Victoria from coronavirus overnight with seven new cases recorded raising hopes the state will make key targets as infection rates drop - so which Melbourne restrictions will be lifted on Sunday?
Five people have died in Victoria from COVID-19 overnight as the state recorded seven new cases, raising hopes the state will hit key targets for restrictions to be lifted.
The deaths are the highest recorded since September 29, taking the state's death toll to 816 and the national total to 904.
While the number of deaths is concerning, new case numbers have dropped to seven after six-straight days of double figures.
Melbourne's rolling case average also dropped from 10 to 9.6 while the city's mystery cases from September 28 to October 11 are up by one to 14.
Meanwhile, three people have been infected in the northern Victorian town of Shepparton, prompting authorities to ask everyone in the area to get tested.
The cases are linked to the Chadstone outbreak.
There is also a positive case at Bairnsdale Secondary College in the state's east.
The Shepparton cases were announced late on Tuesday by the state's Commander of Testing Jeroen Weimar and could signal the beginnings of a new cluster in the region.
'We have three active cases that are self-isolating at home and are being monitored by Goulburn Valley Health,' he said in a statement.
他在一份声明中说，我们有三个在家中自我隔离的活跃病例，正在由Goulburn Valley Health进行监测。
'We expect as part of that effort, further cases will be discovered.
'To everyone locally - even if you haven't been near these locations - if you feel unwell at all, please get tested as soon as possible and stay at home until you get your results.'
Contact tracing is currently underway.
From Wednesday, testing sites will open at GV Health's Acute Respiratory Clinic in Shepparton and at the showgrounds, with more expected to be set up as the day progresses.
Health authorities are advising all Shepparton residents to get tested and stay at home until they get their results.
In a Facebook statement, Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp confirmed the three Shepparton cases are linked to the Chadstone outbreak.
在Facebook的一份声明中，Goulburn Valley Health首席执行官马特·夏普(Matt Sharp)证实，这三例谢普帕顿病例与查德斯通疫情有关。
Meanwhile, the state's chief health officer Brett Sutton has defended Victoria's coronavirus restrictions against comparisons with NSW, where measures are more lenient.
Professor Sutton also issued encouragement to the people of Shepparton with a tweet on Wednesday morning.
'Crush it, Shepparton. Test and quarantine. You can do it,' he wrote.
Victoria recorded 12 new cases on Tuesday morning, while NSW had 13 new infections, the majority locally acquired.
Asking why Victorians were subject to a strict lockdown unlike their northern neighbours, Professor Sutton said the circumstances were not the same.
'The differences are really profound,' he said.
'Through this second wave, the 20,000 cases that occurred across Victoria settled into the hardest cohorts and populations across the state.
'The number of close contacts per household and the number of close contacts they have are hugely different.'
An opposition no-confidence motion against Premier Daniel Andrews handling of the pandemic failed in parliament on Tuesday night.
The coronavirus omnibus bill passed the upper house early on Wednesday morning.
Mr Andrews has reiterated Victoria's roadmap out of lockdown will likely be revised as he unveils some rule relaxations on Sunday.