Victoria’s coronavirus cases are up four with one COVID-19 death

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Victoria has registered four new cases of coronavirus and one death, the state health department says.

The new cases bring the 14-day moving average for Melbourne back to 7.2, while it remains at 0.5 in regional Victoria.

The number of “mystery” cases remains at 15.

The latest fatal accident has cost Victoria’s coronavirus death toll up to 817 since the pandemic began.

Epidemiologist James McCaw of the University of Melbourne warned before the release of today’s figures that Victoria was not yet out of the woods.

“We are generally still completely susceptible to this virus,” he said.

“A vaccine is a long way off, so even with the most compliant population doing everything possible, there is still a risk of getting an outbreak.”

“We have to prepare to do this for the long term and we definitely have to live with the virus – no one can be locked up for years,” said Professor McCaw.

Restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria have now been relaxed, meaning people can now travel further and have more freedom when it comes to social activities and exercise.

Melburnians now have no time limit to meet family and friends outside, and golf and tennis clubs have reopened.

The 5km travel restriction was also expanded to 25km, giving people the freedom to travel further outside their suburbs.

Hairdressers are back up and running for the first time in months, and South Yarra hairdresser Joey Scandizzo opened his business at midnight.

“The phones have gone crazy, so we tried to get everyone in,” he said.

“As soon as the clock struck 12, we were in here, we did them all.”

Some avid golfers came to a public golf course in Balwyn North early this morning to find that the course did not yet have council approval to reopen.

More to come.

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