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Victoria reports 120 new local COVID-19 cases ahead of announcement on path out of lockdown

Victoria has reported 120 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases as the state awaits details on how it will exit lockdown.

It is the state’s highest daily increase in cases this year.

Of the new infections detected to midnight on Tuesday, 64 were linked to previously announced cases, while the 56 others remain under investigation.

State-run vaccine hubs administered 33,455 doses in the same reporting period.

There are now 900 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria.

The health department announced late on Tuesday it had been notified of the deaths of a woman in her 40s from the Darebin local government area and another woman in her 60s from the Hume LGA who both had COVID-19.

They passed away at home and are believed to be the first coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Victoria this year. 

The fatalities were included in Wednesday’s figures, and take the state’s overall death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 822.

Premier Daniel Andrews is set to reveal on Wednesday the thresholds the state needed to meet to ease lockdown restrictions.

Once Victoria reaches the 80 per cent vaccine target set by national cabinet, Mr Andrews said the new roadmap would be replaced by the national plan.

On Tuesday it was also confirmed the AFL grand final had been relocated from Melbourne to Perth, where it will be played on 25 September.

SBS is providing live translations of daily New South Wales and Victoria COVID-19 press conferences in various languages. Click here for more information.

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