Victoria records 41 cases of coronavirus and seven new deaths

Victoria has recorded 41 new cases of coronavirus and seven deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 723.

Melbourne and regional Victoria are set to move into slightly relaxed restrictions from midnight, including allowing single households and parents to form social bubbles with one other person.

The Melbourne curfew will be shortened by an hour, allowing people out until 9:00pm, and people will be able to exercise for two hours instead of one.

Victoria recorded 37 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the lowest daily increase since late June.

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day coronavirus daily case average dropped for the fifth day in a row on Saturday to 61.6, and regional Victoria’s dropped to 4.3.

Regional Victoria needs to continue recording a 14-day average below five cases per day and go two weeks without a “mystery” infection in order to reach the next step of opening up.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said yesterday the regions were “on track” to skip a step and open up earlier than expected.

Professor Sutton also said the target to reach the last step of opening was not set it stone.

“If we get to a point where it is clear it is not possible to get to no community transmission we will make a call on that,” he said.

More to come.