"(They were) advising us that if we refused to allow them, we'll be jeorpardising the safety of others and Victoria Police would be putting all Victorians at risk and responsible for the continued spread of the virus.
Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, on Wednesday reported eight deaths from COVID-19 and 42 new cases, down from daily case highs above 700 in early August.
The number of active cases of the virus has fallen below 1,000 in Victoria for the first time in over two months.
DANIEL ANDREWS: That is the first time that the case numbers have been in the 20s since the 24th of June. "There are some heart-wrenching stories", Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said. With case numbers under control, pressure is mounting on the government to allow thousands of Australians stranded overseas by border closures to travel home.
The result in Victoria will buoy hopes that residents in Melbourne will soon be granted additional freedoms after more than six weeks under a strict lockdown.Читайте также: Robert Pattinson Back on 'The Batman' Set Post Covid Recovery
Under the new rules, pubs, cafes and restaurants in regional Victoria will be able to reopen for dine-in customers and outdoor gatherings of 10 people are now allowed.
The state has set a much tougher target of a 14-day average of five cases for lifting the nightly curfew and reopening more businesses in Melbourne from Oct 26. Hundreds died in aged care homes as the virus swept through facilities, infecting thousands of residents and staff. Clusters also emerged at schools, abattoirs and hospitals after security bungles at hotels used to quarantine global travellers allowed the virus to leak back into the community.
Social distancing restrictions in regional areas of the state will be eased late on Wednesday. Caps introduced on global arrivals in the wake of the Melbourne outbreak have severely limited those able to return, with commercial airlines reportedly prioritising first- and business-class passengers to recoup losses racked up flying near-empty planes. "Little kids are the hardest in terms of a home learning environment", he said.
You will find 83 instances via an unknown origin in metropolitan Melbourneup two from Wednesday, and also yet another instance in regional Victoria.
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