Victoria records 1,750 new local COVID cases and nine deaths

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Victoria records 1,750 new local COVID cases and nine deaths

The new infections were found from 72,858 test results processed on Friday, the day Melbourne and Mildura emerged from lockdown.

Retail is open for outdoor service only and hospitality venues can seat more people outside, meaning Saturday’s grey and rainy forecast may be a dampener on festivities.

“So we’re definitely holding our breath and waiting and hoping that our numbers can grow in the coming weeks with restrictions easing,” he said.

Melbourne cafe owner John Scardamaglia said it was a bumper service on Friday, but was worried about losing customers over the weekend.

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  • Key points:More than 72 per cent of the 16 and older population have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccineThe deaths of nine people take the toll from this outbreak to 212There will be up to 5,500 fully vaccinated people allowed at Flemington for Derby Day on Saturday as the first large post-lockdown event

  • Strict density caps remain in place and most retail is still closed, but hospitality venues and beauty services have been packed with Melburnians enjoying their new freedoms.

Melburnians are celebrating the easing of restrictions this weekend.(ABC News: Danielle Bonica)

More than 72 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older have now had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine. 

There will be greater easing of restrictions from the 80 per cent mark, a target expected to be hit within the week. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton yesterday warned while people should celebrate the new rules, there would be “more COVID in the community, really than at any other point in time”.

Lygon Street in Carlton has been bustling with life since lockdown lifted.(ABC News: Chris Le Page)LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 sits at 770, with 144 of those receiving intensive care. Across the state, there are 90 people receiving ventilation.

The nine further deaths brings the toll from this outbreak to 212. No new exposure sites have been listed on the health department’s website, a move representing the state’s shift away from COVID-zero.

The Spring Racing Carnival mainstay will be the first large event in the state to run as a trial of the “vaccinated economy”, with only double-dosed people allowed to attend Flemington on October 30. “It’ll be double vaccinated only for starters, that’s the most important measure,” Racing Minister Martin Pakula said.

A crowd of up to 5,500 fully vaccinated punters will be allowed at Flemington Racecourse for Derby Day next Saturday, the government has confirmed. Crowds of up to 5,500 at Flemington for Derby Day Crowds of 5,500 will be a dramatic change from 2020’s Derby Day race, which was run at an empty Flemington.(ABC News: Peter Lusted)