On October 19, Melbourne will not take significant steps out of lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews said after the state reported 14 new coronavirus cases.
Mr Andrews reported, nine days from the next slated stage of easing restrictions, that while some restrictions would loosen, steps would be minimal.
“I think it is unlikely that we will be able to [announce] as big steps as we would have hoped to take next Sunday,” Mr Andrews said during his 100th daily press conference in a row on Saturday.
“But there will be movement, it will be significant, but we’ve got to do things that are safe.”
On Saturday, Victoria reported 14 new coronavirus cases and no deaths. Recent cases retain the nationwide 14-day average, which is related to the next step of lockout easing, at 9.9 new cases each day.
Mr Andrews said, “The tail of this second wave was always going to be stubborn, and that is exactly the way it is panning out.”
“We can’t have a situation where because we want it to be over, we pretend that it is.”
Over the last two weeks, the number of ‘mystery’ cases of an unknown source – estimated between September 24 and October 7 – is down to 10.
Since yesterday, state health department statistics show, there has been one new mystery coronavirus case identified in Victoria.