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Victoria records another 10 Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded another 10 cases of Covid-19, just hours before millions of people are due to exit lockdown.

The fresh cases were reported by state health authorities on Tuesday morning, but all were in isolation throughout their infectious period. 

While public health orders set to ease from 11.59pm tonight, a host of tough restrictions will remain to try and stop the spread.

The details were hashed out in a meeting late on Monday night, with officials agreeing to get rid of the 5km travel rule and reopen schools, shops and gyms.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to make a formal announcement at midday today.

Pictured: A woman in Melbourne. Victorians are set to emerge from lockdown at 11.59 on Tuesday night

Stay-at-home orders, brought in on July 16, are on track to end at 11.59pm on Tuesday as scheduled but Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has warned that a range of restrictions will need to remain in place


-  Schools to reopen

-  Cafes and restaurants open but with a cap of 25 or 50 people inside and 100 outside

- Retail to open with one person per 4sqm rule

- Outdoor community sport to restart with 100 person cap

- Masks to remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors

- The new restrictions will apply statewide, including in Melbourne 

Pubs, restaurants and cafes can also reopen, but will have to limit customers to either 25 or 50 people indoors at any one time.   

Sources say Victorians will once again be allowed to gather in groups of 10. 

'The restrictions are going to be onerous for the next few months,' a source told the Herald Sun.

'It's going to not be worthwhile for a lot of restaurants to open if what is being talked about goes ahead,' another source said. 

'Not great news for Melbourne.'

About 15,600 Victorians were vaccinated on Monday and 24,340 Covid tests were received. 

While Victoria had 11 further infections on Monday, bringing the total active number of cases in the state to 190, all of the new transmissions were isolating and had not been in the community.

All 11 were also linked to known cases.

These vital statistics have put the Garden State firmly on track to get out of lockdown on Wednesday as scheduled.

But the Premier has previously warned tough measures are likely to remain in place until the state's vaccination rate reaches 50 per cent.

'On the data we have now, on the trend we have now, the strategy is working. We are well placed,' the Premier said.

'But we won't go from five reasons to leave the home from midnight on Tuesday to do whatever you want, wherever you want,' he said.

Victoria recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. All cases were in isolation. Melbourne pictured

The ongoing restrictions being discussed would see schoolchildren return to the classroom this week with excursions, planned camps and events also set to be given the green light.

High level talks are already underway to open the doors of Victoria's beloved hospitality venues with cafes, restaurants and bars looking likely to trade this week under the 4 person per sq/m rule with a cap of 50 patrons indoors.

Retail stores are also set to have the same restrictions, while outdoor community sports events will be capped at 100 people.

Under the new proposal face masks are expected to remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors as the highly contagious Indian Delta variant continues to wreak havoc north of the border.

Pictured: People getting tested at a drive through Covid testing site in Albert Park in Melbourne

'Over the past week, we've seen the day of our highest-ever testing numbers in Victoria and yesterday, we saw 25,000 plus tests returned,' the state's Covid commander Martin Foley said.

'That together gives us some further comfort that we know what is out there but we can only be sure if Victorians continue to come forward in such strong numbers.'

However, he urged residents with symptoms to continue to come forward for testing, particularly those from Melbourne's northern and western suburbs where Covid fragments were detected in sewage between July 20 and 23.

The alert applies to the suburbs of Tarneit, Trinder nine, Glenroy Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, and Truganina.

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