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‘The last gasp’: Victoria records 76 new COVID cases and 11 deaths

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Victoria has recorded another 76 cases of coronavirus, and 11 deaths overnight, as Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton declared the state to be on the “winning stretch”.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the numbers are still be reconciled but the deaths include a male in his 60s, a male in his 70s, two males and two females in their 80s and two males and three females in their 90s.

The total number of active cases across the state has fallen to 1956, 944 of those are in aged care facilities.

“We are on the winning stretch now, there’s no question,” Mr Sutton said.

“This is the last gasp of the virus, and we need to work harder than maybe we’ve ever done before to make sure that, that last gasp is, indeed, the last one.”

The news comes as Premier Andrews is preparing to reveal the road map out of lockdown this weekend, after the state recorded 81 new cases and 59 deaths on Friday.

Fifty of those deaths were not in the most recent 24 hour reporting period and actually occurred between July and August. Three were reclassified meaning there were six new deaths.

As a result of Friday’s national cabinet meeting new ‘hotspot’ rules to govern how state borders can reopen before Christmas will declare metropolitan areas no-go zones if they record 30 new COVID-19 cases or more in three days.

The new rules suggest Melbourne and Sydney will need to get their daily cases down to fewer than 10 a day before other states agree to open borders.

But in regional towns the bar will be even lower in the event of an outbreak, with just nine cases over three days triggering a ‘hotspot’ rating.

This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he has secured support for a road map for seven out of eight states bar Western Australia to reopen borders by Christmas under the new definition of COVID-19 ‘hot spots’.

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