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Two new cases, no deaths

Just two new cases of coronavirus and no deaths have been recorded in Victoria overnight after Premier Daniel Andrews flagged he would take “significant steps” to ease lockdown rules later on Sunday.

However, changes are not anticipated to be as wide-scale as initially planned, given the number of mystery cases in the state.

There are 15 cases with an unknown source in Melbourne and zero in regional Victoria.

The rolling 14-day average is 7.5 in the city, with the original benchmark set at five for the Andrews Government to ease restrictions significantly from Monday.

Regional Victoria has a daily case average of just 0.5.

On Saturday the state recorded just one new case of COVID-19 — less infections than NSW.

Speaking on the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, federal Labor MP Tanya Plibersek lashed out at her Liberal counterparts for their relentless attacks on the Victorian premier.

“It’s actually really gross that federal Liberal MPs are trying to use this (hard lockdown) as an attack on Daniel Andrews,” she said.

“What he’s done – he hasn’t done for popularity. He’s done it because he’s considered it the right thing to do.”

She pointed the finger at the Morrison Government, arguing it should be looking into its own role in “Victoria’s difficulties”, including aged care which she said is a federal responsibility.

Ms Plibersek also slammed the contact tracing app.

“Imagine how much sooner Victoria could have opened up if the contact tracing app, the federal government is completely responsible for, had worked as it was intended to work, as it was promised to work.”

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