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Victoria records no new local COVID-19 cases for the first time in over three weeks

Victoria has reported no new cases of COVID-19 – its first clean sheet since the state’s lockdown-inducing Delta outbreak.

The health department confirmed no new local or overseas acquired cases had been detected in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.

It’s the first day since 12 July that the state has not posted a new local case of COVID-19. Active cases continue to fall, dropping from 124 to 99.

More than 30,000 test results were received over the past 24 hours, while about 17,600 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites.

It comes after it was revealed none of the 10 people currently hospitalised in Victoria were fully vaccinated.

Statistics, obtained by AAP, show two of those cases were partially vaccinated before their admission to hospital.

Five patients were eligible but had not received their first dose, two were ineligible as they were under 40 years, and one was an unvaccinated returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

Of the two partially vaccinated people, one was in their 50s and the other 70 years and over.

Meanwhile, the Victorian-NSW border bubble tightened for residents from 11.59pm on Tuesday, banning non-essential movement across state lines.

Border bubble residents are now only able to state-hop for six reasons including medical care, compassionate purposes, work, education, playing sport or getting vaccinated.

In another change taking effect in Victoria from Wednesday, group booking limits have been scrapped for hospitality venues, tours and gyms but density limits remain.

On the back of the state’s third day without a “wild” case, Chief Health Officer Sutton said authorities would consider removing a ban on home visits at the end of the current two-week restrictions on 10 August.

“We’ll have a long tail to this outbreak,” he said on Tuesday.

“There might be a week or more of a trickle of cases and we need to make sure we can clear those remaining 3000 primary close contacts, and make sure no one has been out in the community during their potentially infectious period that might kick this off again.”

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