Victoria’s 14-day case average rises as 15 new coronavirus cases emerge
11th October 2020

The number of new coronavirus cases in Victoria has risen and the rolling 14-day average has increased after 15 new cases were recorded on Monday.

The cases come as new face-mask rules come into effect. All Victorias are now required to wear a fitted face mask that covers their nose and mouth when they leave home, no matter where they live.

Scarves, bandanas, loose neck warmers or loose snoods and plastic face shields are no longer permitted.

Monday was another fatality-free day for Victoria, with the state's death toll remaining at 810.

Monday's cases come after 11, 14 and 12 cases were recorded over the past three days.

They bring the statewide 14-day average, which has been tied to the next stage of easing lockdown restrictions, to 10.3 new cases per day – up from 9.7 on Sunday.

For Melbourne to move to step three of the state government's road map for easing restrictions on October 19, Victoria's 14-day average for new cases had to be below five. The government was also aiming for there to have been five or fewer mystery cases between October 4 and October 18 in order for restrictions to ease on schedule.

With those benchmarks looking unachievable over the next seven days, Premier Daniel Andrews dashed hopes that thousands of Melbourne businesses would be able to reopen next week, suggesting the next restrictions to be eased would focus on increased social interaction, rather than economic measures.

Retail, hairdressers, beauty therapists and outdoor dining were flagged to reopen with strict hygiene protocols from October 19.

On Sunday, the Premier gave his strongest hint yet about which restrictions could be eased from next Monday, saying the five-kilometre travel limit was among measures the government would consider lifting for metropolitan Melbourne.

Mr Andrews suggested that economic measures would not be among those lifted in Melbourne, while in regional Victoria, where case numbers were lower, restrictions on businesses could be further eased.

"I think it will be safe for us to take some social steps … in metropolitan Melbourne," Mr Andrews said on Sunday.

Victoria recorded 12 new cases on Sunday, including two linked to the Box Hill Hospital cluster and one to the Chadstone outbreak, and one death. The state recorded 14 cases on Saturday and no deaths.

As of Sunday, there were 12 cases linked to the Box Hill Hospital, including three staff members, two patients and seven household contacts.

At least 33 people have been infected as a result of The Butcher Club-Chadstone cluster.

with Sumeyya Ilanbey

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