Victoria has recorded 12 more cases of coronavirus and one death as authorities remain alert to overcrowding on beaches.
Melbourne’s 14-day moving average now stands at 11.9 cases, according to figures released Sunday, and there were 13 cases with an unknown source in the fortnight to October 1.
The 14-day moving average for the Victoria area was 0.2 cases on Sunday, with no mystery cases.
The average number of new daily cases is expected to drop below five and there must be fewer than five mystery cases per fortnight before authorities further ease Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions.
With good weather forecast in Melbourne on Sunday, police will maintain a beach presence after “unacceptable” scenes played out on a crowded St Kilda beach on Friday evening.
Images from Seven News showed crowds gathering on the beach – many without a mask – as a reporter was approached by several people and kissed each other on the head as he spoke live to the camera.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he had spoken with the Chief Police Commissioner and officers would be on the beaches throughout the weekend.
“We are so, so close. Let’s do nothing that will undermine the very positive numbers,” he told reporters on Sunday.
The Victoria Department of Health and Human Services issued a simple warning on Twitter on Sunday: “No matter what the weather is, it’s important that we follow public health advice.”
Health director Brett Sutton, who along with Mr Andrews condemned the St Kilda beach scenes, on Sunday retweeted an image of socially estranged Melbournians in a park in the northern suburbs of Northcote.
“It’s great. We can and should enjoy the outdoors. In safety,” he said.
Victoria’s record since the start of the pandemic is now 806. The latest death is in an 80-year-old man linked to an epidemic of elderly care.
Across Australia, 894 people have died from COVID-19.
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