COVID trigger point nearer


By Jessica Micallef

Active COVID-19 cases continue to plummet locally as the statewide average drops to below 20 cases.

Hume had 9 active cases of the virus as of Sunday, while there were no active cases in the Macedon Ranges.

The metropolitan 14-day average fell to just 11.9 cases on Sunday. Premier Daniel Andrews last week praised the efforts of Victorians for keeping virus numbers low.

“That is proof positive beyond any question that this strategy is working,” he said. “Ultimately, these numbers are a cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne.

“These numbers are coming down, thanks for the hard work of every single Victorian, the vast, vast majority of Victorians who are following the rules, doing the right thing, getting tested as soon as they have symptoms.

“It’s a remarkable thing, and an achievement to every single Victorian.”

The Sunbury line has been added to the DHHS list of high-risk locations visited by a COVID-19 positive individual.

Anyone who travelled on the Sunbury line between Ginifer and Footscray stations between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesday, September 22 is being advised to monitor for any symptoms and get tested.

Metropolitan Melburnians have spent their first week under the second step of the Premier’s roadmap to a “Covid normal” with further restrictions expected to be eased on October 19 – a week earlier than originally scheduled – and if the average daily case rate of less than five cases over the previous 14 days is achieved.

“With grit and guts and with heart, we are beating this thing,” Mr Andrews said. “The trigger point for review by our public health team will be based solely on reaching case number targets. “It also means that getting back to the things we love, seeing more of the people we love, not only is achievable, it’s in our hands.”