Victoria has recorded just one new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and no deaths.
Victoria has recorded just one new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and no deaths ahead of tomorrow's anticipated easing of restrictions.
The latest figures are the lowest sine the beginning of June, after two new cases were reported yesterday.
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The new case has been linked to an existing cluster in metro Melbourne.
The rolling 14 day average is down in metro Melbourne and regional areas.
Mystery cases still a "challenge"
There are 17 mystery cases remaining in Victoria, all of which are in metro areas.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the mystery cases "remain a challenge" for Victoria.
"The reason why a mystery case is a real concern to us is there is at least one other person who gave the person we know about the virus," Mr Andrews said.
"They will have close contacts, their close contacts will have contacts ... Mystery cases are one measure of the fact that yes, there is virus out there that we don't know about and the other point is not everybody gets tested as soon as they should."
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said restrictions on gatherings and movement were an important part of limiting mystery cases and identifying where they come from.
"They are making up a bigger proportion of our daily total, in part because they are the hardest ones to find," he said.
"They're not so easily identifiable as the ones that we discover going through the close contact tracing process."
Hundreds self-isolating in regional Victoria
More than 400 people are isolating in Shepparton today after 234 primary close contacts and 177 secondary close contacts were identified in relation to an active case.
Authorities have been closely monitoring the area after an infected truck driver deliberately mislead contact tracers about where he had been.
Only three active cases remain in Shepparton after hundreds rushed to testing clinics in the last week.
Mr Andrews said regional areas were coming close to being able to travel interstate as case numbers continue to decline.
"We're very close to having a situation where regional Victorians will be able to travel into New South Wales and into SA," he said.
"Once we're in a position to bring down that ring of steel between metro Melbourne and regional Victoria, then there will be greater freedom of movement within Victoria and then there can be further interstate travel."
Restrictions to ease tomorrow
Today's numbers comes as the state prepares to have some of its restrictions eased tomorrow.
Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorians can expect "significant steps" out of lockdown tomorrow, however people should not expect all rules to be removed.
"Everything that has been done, everything that has been given needs to count for something and that is why this strategy is not about racing to open up, running to COVID normal, it is about safe and steady steps," he said.
"Tomorrow, we will make significant announcements and we will have more to say about what the next weekend looks like and the weekend after that."
"We are well placed to take significant steps on Sunday," he said.
It's been over 100 days since Melbourne entered strict stay at home lockdown, making it one of the longest in the world.
Hopeful residents are counting down to tomorrow's announcement when the premier will reveal next steps.
The premier said the changes would not include all of those which were outlined in step three.
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The state's controversial five-kilometre movement limit is one of the restrictions expected to be loosened, with hopes it could be expanded to 20-kilometres.
The hospitality sector is unlikely to be able to reopen dining in Melbourne.
Experts have said the lockdown has been effective in curbing the state's second wave and while cases have dramatically declined, easing restrictions should be done carefully.
Infectious disease physician Dr Sanjaya Senanayake said the city is "in a good place" however easing restrictions should be done carefully.
"We don't want to backward," he told Weekend Today.
"It's important that people do what they have been doing in Victoria for the last few months."
There are 158 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria.
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-new-cases-no-deaths-easing-lockdown-restrictions-dhhs/905625c9-6532-4352-9a7c-9073c1f4ad25