Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall

The stay-at-home order will be completely lifted from Nov 1

Air New Zealand flight NZ103 takes off from Auckland bound for Sydney for the first quarantine-free flight between New Zealand and Australia at 10.40am on October 16.

17 New Zealanders trying to enter Melbourne on Friday.

Speaking to reporters at a highly anticipated press conference on Sunday morning, Mr Andrews outlined changes to the lockdown measures in the state.

"We have been given a list, 12 hours after they arrived".

"One of them was in Byron Bay [in New South Wales] and yet we were told they had landed and travelled to Melbourne".

Unfortunately, certain restrictions will not be easing until 11.59pm on November 1, but in two weeks' time, the four reasons for leaving home will be gone, and a lot more will be back on the proverbial (and actual) table for Melbourne residents. And that's why this strategy is not about racing to open up (and) running to COVID-normal - it's about safe and steady steps, ' the premier said.

Andrews said authorised officers were now based at Melbourne Airport.

"We didn't think it would happen, but it has happened. I'm not looking for a quarrel on this, I just want it fixed".

The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling daily case count of 7.5 in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight up to Saturday.


"We are still working to find the balance".

Acting federal immigration minister Alan Tudge said the arrivals should not have surprised the Victorian government, because it had been discussed by the nation's top health committee on Monday where he said Victoria's Chief Health Officer was present.

Meanwhile Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said 25 travellers from New Zealand had flown into Perth overnight, despite his state also not being a part of the arrangement. "A maximum of 20 mourners at funerals", he told reporters.

"We would prefer better management of these arrangements, but this is something that happened that was outside of our control", he said.

"What was concerning is that a bunch of people turned up and we didn't know about it".

"So this is gold standard, apparently, according to the Federal Government", he said.

Yesterday, Andrews said he was "very disappointed" 17 travellers from New Zealand were able to enter Victoria, despite the state not taking part in the travel bubble that started on Friday.

"No-one is alleging that the virus is hiding in New Zealand - it's not". They are all in quarantine. "That is, there is no community transmission in New Zealand", he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the decision to loosen the strict controls but sympathised with businesses' "frustration and concern".

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