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Victoria records new milestone as virus cases spike

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Victoria has recorded 45 new COVID-19 infections and a further five deaths as the state hits a grim new milestone of over 20,000 cases.

Victoria has recorded a spike in coronavirus cases with 45 new infections as the state hits a grim new milestone of over 20,000 cases.

A further five people have died of COVID-19 overnight.

The Department of Health and Human Services released its daily figures a short time ago.

A total of 20,015 coronavirus cases have now been recorded in Victoria.

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The rise in case numbers comes as 28 cases and eight deaths were recorded in the state yesterday.

Victoria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 750 fatalities.

Premier Daniel Andrews is due to give a coronavirus update later today.

Anti-lockdown protesters are vowing to cause chaos across Melbourne this weekend, as a so-called 'ring of steel' faces its first major test with traffic queues of 13 kilometres building.

It will be the first weekend of lifted restrictions across regional Victoria, but people in metropolitan Melbourne are being warned not to leave the city for a getaway.

Already this morning, long queues of traffic are banked up as people attempt to leave the city for the country.

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People who unlawfully attempt to enter regional Victoria face a $4957 fine.

Today's Christine Ahern said there were "huge delays", with traffic snaking back more than 13 kilometres near the Little River checkpoint.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays of up to an hour just to pass through the checkpoint.

Queensland to lift border restrictions on ACT

Queensland will lift border restrictions on the ACT from 1am next Friday, September 25.

"That means that people from the ACT will again be able to visit Queensland," Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced this morning.

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Mr Miles said the date aligned with the ACT school holidays and encouraged Canberrans to come to the Sunshine State.

Coronavirus: Queensland to open border to ACT

"Now is the time and we urge them to start thinking to come up to Queensland for a holiday," he said.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed the decision meant that from next Friday, the ACT would no longer be considered a coronavirus hotspot.

Dr Young said anyone who had travelled from New South Wales into the ACT would still need to wait 14 days before they could travel to Queensland.

You can  get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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