Victoria has recorded another COVID case spike as the state officially passes its 70 per cent vaccine target and prepares for its sixth lockdown to finally end.
On Thursday, the health department confirmed there had been 2232 cases in the 24 hours until midnight.
There were also 12 more COVID-related deaths.
Thursday’s case number is the second highest daily figure for the state on record after last Thursday’s 2297 cases.
There were 1841 cases on Wednesday, 1749 on Tuesday, 1903 on Monday, 1838 on Sunday and 1993 on Saturday.
Vaccine target reached
Victoria officially passed 70 per cent double dose vaccination coverage on Thursday.
The benchmark was originally forecast to be reached four days later.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sunrise on Thursday the state’s vaccination rate for those above the age of 16 now stood at 70.51 per cent double dose coverage.
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‘Thank you Victoria – I’m so proud.’
“Because of everything Victorians have done, tomorrow we can start getting back to the things we love,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews tweeted.
“Thank you Victoria – I’m so proud.”
Lockdown ending tonight
From 11.59pm, the lockdown will finally end and Melbourne will start reopening with a new roadmap.
Ten people, including dependents, can visit the home each day and outdoor gatherings can include up to 15 people in metropolitan Melbourne and 20 in the regions.
There will no longer be limited reasons to leave home and the curfew will end.
A tram is seen outside of Finders Street Station in Melbourne on Wednesday Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE
Pubs and restaurants can open to 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors.
Hairdressers and personal care can reopen for up to five fully vaccinated people.
Weddings and funerals in metropolitan Melbourne will be allowed to go ahead with 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors. In regional Victoria, this will be slightly higher with 30 mourners indoors and 100 outside.
The travel radius will be lifted, but movement between Melbourne and regional Victoria is still only for permitted reasons.
There will be more freedoms when the state hits 80 per cent double dose vaccinated, which is forecast to be next weekend.
Mildura has been in an extended snap lockdown and will find out on Thursday if its restrictions will end at the same time as Melbourne, or on Saturday.