Victoria has recorded another 76 cases of coronavirus, and 11 deaths overnight.
The news comes as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is preparing to reveal the road map out of lockdown this weekend, after the state on Friday recorded 81 new cases and 59 deaths.
Fifty of those deaths were not in the past 24 hours, however, but occurred between July and August and have been reclassified.
And after the nation cabinet meeting on Friday, new ‘hotspot’ rules to govern how state borders can reopen before Christmas will declare metropolitan areas no-go areas if they record 30 new COVID-19 cases or more in three days.
The new rules suggest Melbourne and Sydney will need to get their daily cases down to fewer than 10 a day before other states agree to open borders.
But in regional towns the bar will be even lower in the event of an outbreak, with just nine cases over three days triggering a ‘hotspot’ rating.
This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he has secured support for a road map for seven out of eight states bar Western Australia to reopen borders by Christmas under the new definition of COVID-19 ‘hot spots’.
More to come