No new COVID deaths in Victoria for the first time in almost two months

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Victoria has reported 42 new cases and no new deaths overnight, as regional areas in the state look set to progress to the next step out of restrictions.

The last time the state recorded zero deaths was July 13, over two months ago.

The rolling 14-day new case average for Metropolitan Melbourne is now 52.9, down from 54.4 yesterday, and for Regional Victoria is now 3.6, down from 3.9 yesterday.

The state now has 1040 active cases, with 515 cases in aged care.

For context, this time last month Victoria had 7,875 active cases and 2,041 cases in aged care.

The major aged care outbreaks are:

  • 249 cases linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee (2 new cases since Monday)
  • 219 cases linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping (no new cases since Monday)
  • 213 cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner (no new cases since Monday)
  • 166 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer (no new cases since Monday)
  • 139 cases linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth (no new cases since Monday)
  • 129 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote (no new cases since Monday)
  • 127 cases linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir (no new cases since Monday)
  • 124 cases linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North (no new cases since Monday last week)
  • 120 cases linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury (no new cases since Monday)
  • 119 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg (no new cases since Monday)

The number of Victorians in hospital with COVID continues to drop as well.

There are now 118 Victorians in hospital, with 11 in intensive care and 7 on a ventilator.

Regional Victoria to move to third stage in roadmap to reopening

Premier Andrews said Regional Victoria will move to the third stage of the state’s COVID reopening plan which will allow for sitting in a restaurant and meetings of up to 10 people outdoors, but the wearing of masks will remain mandatory.

The new rules come into effect from 11:59 Wednesday after the daily average of new cases reached 3.6, with no mystery cases for two weeks.

“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.”

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