Victoria will likely return to its ‘COVIDSafe Summer’ restrictions this week, with an official announcement to be made on Friday.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the state was “well placed” to ease restrictions come midnight Friday, as no new local cases of COVID-19 were detected for the fourth consecutive day.
The date marks when the 14-day incubation period for a bulk of close contacts in isolation – linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak – will be up.
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The COVIDSafe Summer restrictions could include 30 visitors to a home and up to 75 per cent of workers returning to offices.
“I think we are very well placed,” Mr Andrews said.
“I hope to be able to make some significant announcements on Friday.
“That will then mean we can go back to hopefully, pretty much those COVIDSafe Summer settings.”
The Victorian Government has also committed to celebrating Anzac Day in a way that is “as close to normal as possible”.
It comes as Melbourne’s Anzac Day celebrations, including the city’s iconic march, were cancelled due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are working very closely with veteran groups,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s too early for us to be definitive about it – but obviously the march is an important part of that day.”
Victoria became the first state to begin the rollout of Pfizer vaccinations yesterday, with 580 frontline workers getting the jab.
Coronavirus testing numbers rose to over 17,000 results in the past 24 hours.
There are 25 active cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The premier described the vaccinations as a “really good start” as hundreds more workers prepare to get vaccinated against COVID-19 today.
“It could be the biggest logistical task the country has ever seen,” Mr Andrews said.
“It is the beginning of the end of this pandemic.”
Head of infection prevention at Monash Health, Professor Rhonda Stuart, was the first Victorian recipient of the vaccine, getting the jab yesterday morning.
“It was exciting for me and the other hundred healthcare workers that got it here at Monash yesterday,” she told 9News today.
“Now that we have got the vaccines we can start looking forward to vaccinating the healthcare workers and the public and looking at COVID in a different way.”
Professor Stuart said the vaccine rollout means lockdowns and travel bans could become a thing of the past.
“Hopefully we will be able to open up and not go into lockdown, travel, have holidays and not overwhelm our health services with people with severe illness and death,” she said.