Victoria virus-free streak reaches 13 days
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Warning that 13 clear days is no coronavirus vaccine, Premier Daniel Andrews doubts Victoria will fast-forward its timetable for more easing of restrictions....
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Victoria has not had such a streak without new cases or deaths since February and the state's rolling case average is now 0.1. There are only three active cases and two people in hospital - neither in intensive care. While the numbers are good, the ramifications from the state's second wave continue for the government. On Thursday, Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake became the third key witness at Victoria's hotels quarantine inquiry to resign, following the exits of Health Minister Jenny Mikakos and top state government bureaucrat Chris Eccles. After Melbourne's 25km travel limit and the "ring of steel" ended at the start of this week, Mr Andrews flagged November 22 as the next date for restrictions to ease. That is set to feature 10 visitors per home and limits in indoor hospitality increasing to 100 people. Despite the healthy numbers, including 20,819 tests in the previous 24 hours, Mr Andrews is not budging for now. "I'd love to make those announcements this Sunday, but these announcements are spaced out in two-week blocks because that's a life-cycle of this virus," he said.…
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