The Department of Health announced Victoria recorded a drop in COVID-19 cases with 73 local infections on Monday.
Of the new cases, 52 have been linked to existing outbreaks. There are now 805 active cases in the state.
The results came from more than 41,000 tests – a drop in 10,000 from Sunday.
COVID-19 Response Commander Jeroren Weimar will provide a detailed update on the 73 locally acquired cases on Monday. Picture: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state’s sixth lockdown set to be extended beyond September 2 as cases continued to rise in the community.
“We see far too many cases today for us to seriously consider opening up later on this week,” he said on Sunday during the COVID-19 press conference.
“It’s not going to be possible for us to be able to open up our Victorian community in just a couple days time.”
The Premier said he would announce any changes to the current restrictions some time this week.
He stressed numbers needed to be “as low as we can get them” before Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton would advise on what rules could be relaxed.
Melbourne sits as the second city or country who have spent the most time in lockdown with 211 days.
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