Vic Records Just One New Coronavirus Case
Just one new coronavirus case has been recorded in Victoria overnight, a figure that brings the infection rate to levels seen in February.
"There were 2700 tests that were completed over the last 24 hours with just one positive result," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday.
"That, I think, gives you a really clear indication that this strategy is working."
While Mr Andrews said the positive update was cause for optimism, he warned Victorians about the risks of being complacent.
"People are best to plan that the current settings remain in place for four weeks," he said.
Mr Andrews said he would meet Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton to discuss what further steps would be needed before lifting restrictions, including increased testing and contact tracing.
There are now 1302 COVID-19 cases in Victoria with 32 patients in hospital, including 13 in intensive care.
CHO Brett Sutton on Friday reiterated the need to remain vigilant.
"While we are starting to see some improvement in the rate of transmission, that rate could climb quickly if we lose focus," Professor Sutton said.
Police have conducted 540 checks at homes since Thursday and issued 67 fines, including 13 people playing poker and four friends at a house.
Western Bulldogs vice-captain Lachie Hunter is expected to face drink-driving and traffic charges over collisions with parked cars in Melbourne and was fined for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.
Amid the improving infection rate, the state government announced a $261 million training package to help TAFE and http://www.dev.raydeo.com/UserProfile/tabid/57/userId/57239/Default.aspx training schools deliver online education.
"Hundreds of Victorians have already taken part in free online courses like food hygiene and cleaning, getting the skills Victoria needs during this pandemic," Training Minister Gayle Tierney said.
Ms Tierney said international students were eligible for free courses in areas needed to fight the virus that would help them seek part-time jobs once the situation had stabilised.