Victoria records 114 new cases and 11 deaths as sunny, warm weather draws people outside
Victoria has recorded 114 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths in the past 24 hours.
The total number of cases now sits at 19,017 and there are have now been 524 deaths in the state.
On Saturday, the number of new daily cases of coronavirus fell below 100 for the first time since early July, with Premier Daniel Andrews pleading with residents not to jeopardise the progress made amid the state's warm, sunny weather.
Mr Andrews said Saturday's numbers were proof the "strategy is working" but said it was too early to reveal plans for easing restrictions. The Premier promised "there will be a plan, it will be detailed" and "there will be a massive package of support to save jobs and create new jobs".
"We will defeat this. We will make announcements soon about the path ahead," Mr Andrews said.
"But we still have to see further days of these numbers dipping, and we want them to come down to a very low number – the lowest number we can get them to – because that will mean we can have much greater confidence that we can stay on top of this and open up."
Please, please, don't be doing anything … that would undermine this strategy, please … don't make any choices that would contribute to the spread of this virus. We are so close to driving this down to very low numbers, and we have all just got to find a way to stay the course."
Also on Saturday, Mr Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the government was considering a "bubble" where people who live alone could visit another household.
Nearly 18,000 people have already signed a petition calling for Victoria's lockdown measures to be amended to allow people living alone to have a nominated friend visit them.
But Mr Andrews said it was too early to make a decision.
"But we are looking very closely at that because we do know … that this is particularly challenging for those who live on their own and we want to try and support them," he said on Saturday.
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