Victoria on track to ease restrictions

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images
The Australian state of Victoria has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus, paving the way for restrictions to be eased as planned later this week.

The Health Department confirmed there were no locally acquired cases of Covid-19 recorded in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, though there were three cases in hotel quarantine.

Some 15,067 Victorians were tested and 9997 received a vaccine dose at a state-run hub during the same period.

Health Minister Martin Foley on Sunday said the state was "on track" to further ease restrictions but warned any changes would be "gradual" and "careful".

He said increased testing would give authorities more confidence the virus wasn't spreading undetected in the community.

Melbourne emerged from a two-week lockdown on Friday, though it was replaced with strict restrictions, including a ban on home gatherings, a 25km travel limit and mandatory masks indoors and out, which will remain until at least June 18.

Regional Victorians are allowed two visitors at home, while density limits are in place at restaurants, pubs and cafes, gyms and other venues.

Residents of a Southbank townhouse complex have been ordered to isolate for up to a fortnight after authorities established a link between two Covid cases who live there.

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter