Victoria has two new domestically acquired instances of COVID-19

Victoria registered two new locally acquired cases on Friday, the day the state prepares to ease coronavirus restrictions.

The state’s health department has not confirmed any new infections in hotel quarantine from returned travelers.

The results came after testing more than 16,500 Victorians in the past 24 hours.

The health department said the number of active cases is 17, consisting of 11 locally acquired cases and six cases in hotel quarantine.

The health department said the new local cases were primary close contacts of “pre-existing” cases and were quarantined during their infection phase.

The fresh locally acquired cases come in Victoria after six consecutive days with no new coronavirus infections.

There are also two COVID-19 patients in the Victoria hospital.

More details on Friday’s new cases are expected at Premier Daniel Andrews’ press conference later that day.

The Prime Minister said Victoria was “well positioned” for a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions on Friday, which is expected to include easing mask rules and allowing more visitors to private homes.

Camera iconCoronavirus testing at the Darebin Arts Center in Melbourne. Photo credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty

“(Friday) marks the 14th day of the most recent cases that they became most contagious for the first time,” said Andrews.

“I think we can be pretty positive if we make some announcements.

“This is evidence of the Victorians’ efforts and how to stay on course to get this job done.”

For a full list of Victoria’s public exposure sites to coronavirus, see the Department of Health’s website.

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