Melbourne Awaits Lockdown Lift: Two Deaths, 16 New Cases in Vic

Victoria has reported 16 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths as Melbourne awaits a relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

Sundays statistics take the states pandemic death toll to 784 and the national figure to 872.

The 14-day rolling average continues to improve, with 22.1 for Melbourne and 0.6 for regional Victoria.

The 14-day averages for cases with an unknown source have also dropped to 31 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for regional areas.

The latest data cases comes as the state government prepares to announce what freedoms can the returned to locked down Melburnians.

The states “roadmap” out of lockdown announced in early September is due to be tweaked on Sept. 27 following better-than-expected progress in fighting the spread of the virus.

Many will be hanging on the premiers words at what has become a sombre tradition of weighty Sunday press conferences.

The two-week rolling daily case average is well under the aim of 30-50.

Under the original plans to take effect from Sept. 28, a 9 p.m. curfew would remain, as well as the five-kilometer travel limit and takeaway-only for restaurants and cafes.

Restrictions around public gatherings would ease to allow up to five people from a maximum of two households to meet outside for social interaction.

Childcare and kindergarten would reopen and some school students would return to classrooms in term four.

The expected easing of lockdown coincides with the dramatic resignation of Jenny Mikakos as health minister on Sept 26.

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