Victoria records no new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded a fourth consecutive day of no new local cases of COVID-19.

The state had 10 active cases on Tuesday, one less than on Monday. There were more than 13,500 tests had been processed in the past day.

Melbourne workers began to return to the city amid eased restrictions on Monday.

Foot traffic sensors installed at the Flinders Street Station underpass detected 1184 people walking through the area between 8am and 9am on Monday.

It marks the highest number of pedestrians passing through the area on a Monday morning since March 16 last year, when nearly 3000 people were detected as the number of COVID-19 cases began to climb as the first wave of the pandemic hit the city.

Workers returning to the Melbourne CBD made their way through Southern Cross Station on Monday morning. Credit:Jason South

Two weeks ago, when the state was halfway into its snap five-day lockdown, 192 pedestrians were logged in the area during the morning peak.

On Monday, coronavirus fragments were detected in wastewater in Melbourne’s west and residents are urged to get tested.

The Department of Health and Human Services has urged residents in Werribee, Werribee South and Hoppers Crossing to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.

The Victorian opposition has called for patrols by protective services officers at Melbourne train stations to return to pre-pandemic numbers in a bid to give office workers more confidence to return to the CBD.

Opposition police spokesman David Southwick said redirecting PSOs back onto public transport on evenings and weekends would also help revive the number of people supporting Melbourne’s nightlife.

Workers returning to the Melbourne CBD on Monday morning, as offices are allowed to ramp up worker numbers to 75 per cent of capacity. Credit:Jason South

The Business Council of Australia has warned state and territory governments the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine will make it hard to justify snap border and economic restrictions it estimates are costing $170 billion a year.

A report from the council, including data from Accenture, proposes a three-step plan to limit “knee-jerk” reactions to future COVID-19 outbreaks and lift international restrictions as early as June.

More to come.

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