Two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, hours before announcement on restrictions

Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, health officials have confirmed.

The news comes as Victorians are hoping for coronavirus restrictions to ease tonight, with the premier flagging the state could return to pre-Christmas rules.

More than 16,500 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours.

The announcement comes as the 14-day incubation period for a bulk of close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn cluster ends today.

Among the changes expected to be announced later this morning are increases to households limits and easing of rules around the wearing of masks.

Premier Daniel Andrews is due to make an announcement before lunchtime today.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Hub at Melbourne Airport run by Western Health.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Hub at Melbourne Airport run by Western Health. Vaccinations are boosting the confidence of people across the country of life slowing returning to normal. (Supplied/ Penny Stephens/Western Health)

The state could return to the rules in place before the Black Rock cluster, prior to Christmas.

It has been suggested private gathering limits will rise to 30, with just five people allowed in households currently.

Outdoor gatherings could increase to 50, up from 20.

And the workforce could return to a 75 per cent capacity in the office, an increase from 50 per cent.

Mask wearing is currently mandatory indoors but that could ease to just settings where social distancing can’t be guaranteed, including on public transport and at supermarkets.

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