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Victoria records two new local COVID-19 cases

The entrance to Kings Park on Southbank apartment building is seen in Melbourne. Source AAP Covid-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said the two new cases are both men who live in separate apartments. Source AAP
Adrian Cunningham | 16 June, 2021, 17:49

Homes in Melbourne can have two visitors per day, masks are no longer mandatory outdoors and venues such as gyms can reopen in the city.

But anyone from Melbourne wanting to travel to the snow will need to have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of heading to the state's alpine resorts.

Australia's Victoria state on Tuesday reported no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, fuelling hope that movement restrictions in the state capital Melbourne will be eased later this week.

The state officially recorded a total of five new local cases in the past 24 hours, including two new cases linked to a Southbank apartment complex revealed by authorities at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, that have been included in today's official figures.

The two other cases, which were announced on Tuesday, are residents of the Kings Park Apartment Complex at Southbank.

Melbourne exited a two-week hard lockdown late last week, its fourth since the pandemic began, after an outbreak that has seen about 100 cases since May 24.

The townhouse cases have sparked fears of transmission between the buildings, and as such, Victorian authorities placed the entire complex into lockdown. Hundreds of residents were urged to undergo testing and to self-isolate.

The Southbank apartment cluster now stands at six.

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So far, no positive cases have been returned from all the testing of the key exposure sites, suggesting Queensland and New South Wales may be in the clear.

The South Melbourne Market confirmed it would be closed on Wednesday after the health department listed the complex as a tier 2 exposure site.

"They will be required to quarantine for 14 days", the health department said.

Acting Premier James Merlino has announced a major easing of restrictions for Melbourne, from 11.59pm tomorrow, June 17.

"Some people have kids, some people need to go and do shopping", he said.

Health Minister Martin Foley on Sunday said the state was "on track" to further ease restrictions but warned any changes would be "gradual" and "careful".

A spokesperson for GV Health said everyone who had already booked a first dose of Pfizer would receive their vaccine, and there would be enough supply for everyone to have their second dose when it was due.