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Only two new cases of coronavirus and no overnight deaths have been recorded in Victoria after Prime Minister Daniel Andrews indicated he would take “significant steps” to relax lockdown rules later on Sunday.
However, the changes are not expected to be as massive as initially planned, given the number of mysterious cases in the state.
There have been 15 cases from an unknown source in Melbourne and zero in regional Victoria.
The 14-day moving average is 7.5 in the Melbourne metro, with the original Andrews government benchmark to ease restrictions significantly from Monday.
Regional Victoria has a daily average of just 0.5.
On Saturday, the state registered just one new cases of COVID-19, with fewer infections than NSW.
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The owners of a hair and barbershop in Hughesdale, who have been fined nearly $ 10,000 for opening their doors on Saturday, have encouraged other small businesses to open on Sunday as a show of support.
Adam and Weave Barber and Salon reopened ahead of the highly anticipated announcement of Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’s restriction expected Sunday, but police forced the salon to close.
Co-owner Jomana Najem, who owns the salon with her husband Rojer Achallak, took to Facebook late Saturday night, thanking the crowd for their support and asking other local businesses to open up while the salon sought legal advice.
“We are closed today, but that does not mean we will not reopen,” said Ms Najem.
“If I can get another 20 companies to open their doors in solidarity with us tomorrow, then I don’t think we’ll be arrested,” she said.
“Just do it.”
“We have the real power.”
The couple have also received a ban notice from the police for violating the Chief Health Officer’s restrictions.
If they reopen the salon on Sunday, they run the risk of being arrested.
Ms. Najem said on Friday that small businesses should open up because the phase four roadmap left them uncertain about their future.
“Please open up to your own survival, because at the end of the day, a fine of $ 10,000 could be brought to court and if you didn’t have income to pay for it, you can only pay $ 5 a week,” she said .
“I have no confidence tomorrow that they will really change anything,” said Ms. Najem.
The pair are currently fighting the hefty fine and await legal advice before announcing their next move.
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Victorians have been urged to reach out to tracers truthfully after disturbing reports that some people infected with the coronavirus are not showing up.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Saturday it was vital that public health teams had all the information they needed to keep the state informed about the virus and prevent more deadly outbreaks.
It comes after a super spreader truck driver who traveled from Melbourne to Kilmore and Shepparton infected a number of people.
On Saturday, the state registered only one new coronavirus case, in the local government area of Hume, and no new deaths.
Andrews lashed out at people lying about their movements when health professionals interviewed them, following recent criticisms for delays in tracking down contacts.
He said that in one example, a person did not tell the authorities about his second job “because it was a job unknown to the ATO.”
“There are people who visit regional communities and don’t tell us,” he said.
“There is no feeling of shame or stigma, you just have to give us the most complete picture.
“Talk to a contact tracer – we respect your privacy, we just want the corona (information).”
The contact tracking system has come under fire over the past week after it emerged that the trucker who spread the virus to regional Victoria may have been isolated earlier if a three-ring isolation strategy used in other states’ public health response was implemented.
Andrews celebrated the figure of just one new case on Saturday. It’s been linked to a new outbreak in the Hoppers Crossing community – three cases in two households. The outbreak included a case related to Woolworths QV in Melbourne CBD.
In a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services said the new case was a known family member who was in close contact with that Woolworths case and that there was no evidence of workplace transfer.
“These figures are an honor for every Victorian,” said Mr Andrews.
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He again urged all Victorians with symptoms to get tested immediately.
“We can’t just open the doors, we have to do this in a safe and stable way,” he said. “Mystery cases still remain a concern.”
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed on Saturday that there is a child at the Royal Children’s Hospital with a positive diagnosis of the coronavirus. How the child contracted the virus is not yet known.
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