Victoria records zero new local coronavirus cases, three in quarantine

Victoria recorded zero new local cases on Saturday for the 17th consecutive day in a row, after caps on household gatherings were increased and more Sydneysiders were able to enter the state due to relaxed border restrictions.

There were three new cases found in international travellers in hotel quarantine. Is it not yet known if those cases are connected to the Australian Open.

There were 15,711 test results received on Friday.

At 11.59pm on Friday, the cap on the number of visitors allowed at a private home increased from 15 to 30 people.

Victoria eased its travel restrictions for most of NSW and all of Brisbane from 6pm on Friday, with all but one of the Greater Sydney local government areas that were red zones becoming orange.

Regional NSW, with the exception of the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, was designated a green zone. All local government areas in Greater Brisbane were also made green zones.

Travel from orange zones requires people to self-isolate and get tested within 72 hours of entering the state and remain in quarantine until they get a negative result, while travel from a green zone requires people to watch and get tested if they have any symptoms.

Cumberland, in Sydney’s western suburbs, is the only local government area in Greater Sydney that will remain a red zone – meaning people who have been in that area across the last 14 days cannot enter Victoria without an exemption.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the change to borders was a “very significant step” and would allow a number of Victorians to finally return home.

“It’s based on public health advice and will be welcome news, I’m sure, for many, many people who want to get home and have had a summer that has been somewhat disrupted, and in some cases more than that,” he said on Friday.

Mr Andrews reiterated that anyone returning to Victoria, even from a green zone, needs a travel permit.

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