Victoria records one new coronavirus case and no deaths

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

The young child was taken to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and is being treated as a "mystery case".

"We aren't going to risk everything that Victorians have sacrificed".

'There is no particular concern about childcare but clearly we're trying to look through all of those avenues around how that infection was acquired'.

Victoria has recorded just one new case of coronavirus in the 24-hour period to Saturday.

Regional Victoria's 14-day average again remained steady at 0.6 as testing in Shepparton increased by times the daily average amid fears of an outbreak in the regional city following three positive cases.

The average however, is still above the target needed for a widespread easing of restrictions.

Premier Daniel Andrews has defended the state's lockdown after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt called for restrictions to be eased back so that they are in line with those of NSW, tweeting that the state had met "epidemiological" conditions.

It is understood one of the rules eased would be increasing Melbourne's 5km limit up to 10km or 20km.

It's the state's lowest daily increase in 129 days since zero new cases were reported on June 9.

Mr Andrews has confirmed Sunday's announcements will be "much more in the social space than in the economic space", dashing the hopes of those in retail and hospitality industries.

Meanwhile, 17 travellers of the hundreds who flew from New Zealand to Sydney as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble, travelled later to Melbourne, which is not part of the bubble, and were being sought by health authorities, officials in Victoria said.

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