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Victoria records seven virus cases

Victoria has recorded seven new coronavirus cases and two more deaths on Friday, the Department of Health confirmed.

The state‘s death toll is now 800.

The consistently low infection numbers mean Melbourne‘s all-important 14-day average remains firmly below 15, standing at 12.8.

That figure must be around five for the government to consider reopening the city.

It comes as a small virus cluster in Frankston, Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs, can be linked back to infected workers from the fresh food section of Chadstone shopping centre.

Deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said there had been eight infected employees people who had worked in fresh food at the popular shopping centre, causing the whole precinct to be added to the health department’s COVID-19 hotspot list.

“At Frankston there is an outbreak that involves a household that is being supported to isolate,” he told reporters on Thursday morning.

“I think it is about eight or nine people in the household. One of the members works at Chadstone, and I don’t know off the top of my head how many cases, but I think a lot of them have had infection and are being supported to isolate, and we thank them for their co-operation.”

Regional Victoria‘s 14 day average is 0.2.

There are 14 cases of an unknown source in metropolitan Melbourne and none across regional Victoria.

The city‘s curfew was scrapped on Monday, while about 127,000 Melburnians returned to work.

Residents are now permitted to meet outside in groups of up to five people from two households.

Primary school students will also be able to return to the classroom from October 12.

If cases remain low the Premier expected Melbourne to take the third step on the state‘s COVID-19 recovery road map on October 19, a week earlier than originally scheduled.

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