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

Victoria has recorded nine further deaths of people with COVID-19 and 1,750 new locally acquired cases. The new infections were found from 72,858 test results processed on Friday, the day Melbourne and Mildura emerged from lockdown.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.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”. 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. Lygon Street in Carlton has been bustling with life since lockdown lifted.(ABC News: Chris Le Page)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.More to come.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 2 minutes 53 seconds2m 53s Recycling the waste COVID-19 has created(Emilia Terzon)What you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…

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