Victoria noted a significant drop in cases recorded overnight on Saturday which fell to 217 after yesterday’s record-breaking 428 new infections.

There were two more deaths of a man and a woman, both in their 80s.

Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said that more aged care homes have reported COVID-19 cases. These are Bendigo’s Bethlehem Aged Care facility, Ballarat’s Bill Crawford Lodge and Bupa in Edithvale.

A single case of COVID-19 was noted at the Australian Lamb Company meat processing plant in Colac.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there have been 11 additional healthcare workers who have tested positive over the last 24 hours, but he added that there has been a decrease in the total number of hospitalised patients – 12 down from yesterday with 25 in intensive care.

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Mr Sutton said that the results of the Melbourne lockdown would take more than 10 days to be reflected in the numbers, whereas Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews reiterated that people should stay at home unless they need to go out for essential reasons, such as food shopping, getting care and going to work. Those who can work from home are advised to do so.

The hard lockdown on the public housing tower at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne ends tonight, said Premier Andrews. After 14 days, the residents will move to Stage Three.