Acting Premier James Merlino has kicked off today’s press conference with a quick rundown of where the state is at after the unprecedented weather this week (you can read more on that on our website) and then moved onto the COVID news.
“In terms of the COVID update, there are zero locally acquired cases and one new case in hotel quarantine for a total of 75 active cases,” Mr Merlino said.
“It is the first day we have reported zero cases in the community since the start of the outbreak. It is good news and news I know everyone in Victoria wanted to hear.
“Let’s take a moment to catch our breath and thank the many thousands of staff who are out there, the contact tracers, people supporting our testing and vaccine programs in our pathology labs, the thousands of people isolating to keep themselves and the community safe, and to all Victorians who have followed the rules to get to zero cases today is a terrific outcome but nowhere near over.
“We cannot be complacent but it is good news to be at zero.
“Over 17,000 people got vaccinated yesterday at state-run centres… [and] we had 17,604 tests yesterday, which is good given the extreme weather conditions.
“However, in some areas we would like to see an uplift because of community transmission. It was lower than we would have liked in some parts of Melbourne.
“I am asking Victorians that if you live in the Craigieburn area and did not get tested yesterday, please go out and get tested today.”
He also said the easing of restrictions meant that there would be more movement around the city.
“What the changes mean, in essence, is more people will be moving around the city. More people will be gathering outside, more dining in,” he said.
“People will be getting married and doing the things that they love. It is a great thing. We have all sacrificed to get to this point.”