In just 24 hours, New South Wales has reported 1542 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and 9 deaths, while paramedics warn the volume of infected patients is placing them under unprecedented strain.
Meanwhile, the state of Victoria has recorded one Covid-19 death and 334 new locally-acquired cases, the biggest daily case tally of the outbreak to date.
Of the new cases, only 149 have been so far linked to known outbreaks.
It comes as regional Victoria, with the exception of Greater Shepparton, begins its first day out of lockdown, with schools re-opening to some students and travel restrictions eased.
Hospitality venues have reopened, with capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he hoped Greater Shepparton would join the rest of regional Victoria next week, pending any further outbreak.
He also warned residents of metropolitan Melbourne not to travel to regional Victoria.
“If you are travelling into regional Victoria, you can expect to be pulled over,” Mr Andrews said.
“It won’t necessarily be every single car, but there’ll be number plate recognition technology used, there will be a static presence of Victoria Police at different parts on major roads.”
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