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Daniel Andrews to announce further easing of coronavirus restrictions in Victoria

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a statewide easing of coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, allowing greater numbers for hospitality and gatherings.

Current health department advice says the last step out of restrictions will allow people to hold outdoor gatherings up to 50 people told and home gatherings of 10.

Weddings, funerals and indoor religious gatherings will be allowed 100 people and outdoor religious ceremonies will be allowed 500.

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Restaurants can expand to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors.

Victoria has just one active COVID-19 case and has gone 22 days without any new cases.

The single case was an immunosuppressed person making a “slow and steady” recovery, Health Minister Martin Foley said on Saturday.

South Australians wanting to enter Victoria can do so again after a brief “hard border” was replaced overnight by a permit system.

SA residents can get a permit via the Services Victoria website.

Communities in a 70km bubble around the interstate border can continue using the SA government-issued permit they used for months previously.

Those receiving or providing emergency medical care or services, or who reside on a property that straddles the border are exempt from the permit requirement.

NSW and the ACT are due to open their borders to Victoria on Monday.

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International arrivals into Melbourne will resume from 7 December, initially capped at 160 a day.

Meanwhile, Victorian authorities are concerned about traces of the virus unexpectedly found at a Melbourne wastewater facility, prompting a plea for residents and visitors to Altona in Melbourne’s southwest from last Monday to Wednesday to get tested if symptomatic.

The result is unexpected because it has been about eight weeks since someone in the area tested positive.

Suburbs in the catchment include Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes.

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