Two new cases and two deaths recorded in Victoria as state’s retail and hospitality sectors reopen

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Victoria had two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of active cases to 80.

These figures come after two consecutive days with no outbreaks, but it has brought the state’s streak of consecutive days with daily increases of no more than 10 cases to 16 days.

This was reflected in the 14-day rolling average, which has dropped to 2.7 in metropolitan Melbourne, and 0 in regional Victoria, from 3.6 and 0.2 the day before.

Sadly, there were two more deaths reported, both which had been recorded in the last few weeks but only added to the COVID death toll in the past 24 hours. These were two men, one in his 70s and one in his 80s, and both have been linked to residential aged care.

This brought the state’s death toll to 817.

And there were just three Victorians in hospital with COVID-19 with none in ICU.

“Rules are for you” – Premier Andrews

In his daily briefing, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured above) urged the state to follow the rules, flagging the possibility of it being more open for a “COVID-normal” Christmas.

“I want to remind everyone that the rules still apply and the rules are not against you, they are for you. They are so you can continue to do these things,” he said.

“That is what the rules are there for and we can keep going opening up further in making announcements on November 8 and beyond and have the Christmas we are longing for where we can be close to the people, we have missed the most. That is the aim and where we will get to, but everyone has to play their part.”