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Chief Minister’s statement to media – Monday 5 October

05 October 2020

The removal of the hot spot declaration from 2nd November is for the following reasons:

  • Almost all of regional Victoria has not seen any confirmed case of coronavirus in the past fortnight.
  • The rolling daily average for cases diagnosed in regional Victoria for the past fortnight is 0.3.
  • There are currently only three active cases in all of regional Victoria.
  • There have been zero cases from an unknown source in regional Victoria in the past fortnight.

More investigation is needed for the local government areas of Greater Geelong, Macedon Ranges, the Mitchell Shire and the East Gippsland Shire before a decision can be made to remove these declarations from 2nd November.

The critical factor is regional Victoria’s success in easing their restrictions without spreading the virus.

Like the decision to remove the hot spot declaration for Greater Sydney, there is a four-week waiting period – two full replication cycles of the virus – before the hot spot declarations can be removed.