Victoria’s COVID-19 cases topped 500 for the second day in a row before restrictions on social gatherings and travel radius eased in Melbourne.
On Friday, the Ministry of Health confirmed that there had been 510 cases within 24 hours until midnight.
Of these, 124 have been linked to known outbreaks, leaving 386 mysterious cases that remain under investigation.
There has also been another death related to COVID.
43,993 doses of the vaccine were administered on Thursday.
Restrictions ease in Melbourne
To mark Victoria on Thursday hit her first-dose vaccination target of 70%, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a series of “modest” restriction changes for Melbourne from Saturday, including small outdoor gatherings, including picnics.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults will be able to meet another person from a different household for a walk or picnic, while this figure increases to five from two households, plus dependents, for fully vaccinated adults. .
The prime minister said police would not go from park to park to check the immunization status of those gathering for picnics, but he hoped the Victorians “would do the right thing”.
“There is a certain degree of good faith in that,” Andrews told reporters.
A waiver of the current ban on removing masks to drink alcohol outside the home has not been granted, effectively making it illegal to have a drink during picnics except with a straw .
Other rule changes from 11:59 p.m. Friday include a doubling of the time allowed outdoors to four hours, the extension of the five-kilometer travel limit to 10, and the reopening of outdoor gym equipment and skate parks.
The government’s full roadmap to get out of the lockdown, outlining the restrictions through November, will be released on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the government has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for construction workers and banned them from traveling between Melbourne and the regions for work.
– With PAA