COVID-19 cases low as restrictions ease

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JUST one Frankston resident has a recorded active case of COVID-19, as of Sunday 25 October.

Earlier this month there were nine active cases in the Frankston area, with many linked to an outbreak at Chadstone Shopping Centre. The number of active cases has since dropped to nearly zero.

The second wave of COVID-19 cases peaked in Frankston on 18 August. At that time there were 95 active cases among Frankston residents. 

In mid-August there was a virus outbreak at Frankston Hospital. There were 90 cases of COVID-19 that ended up linked to the Peninsula Health outbreak.

Earlier this month Premier Daniel Andrews announced that numerous coronavirus restrictions would be relaxed statewide, but declined to announce any further changes last weekend.

On 26 October the state recorded no new cases of COVID-19. The rolling 14-day average of cases has dropped below five, but a cluster in Melbourne’s northern suburbs had health officials worried.

For now, the 5 kilometer radius for leaving home has now been extended to 25 kilometers, and there is no time limit on how long you can be out of your home for an essential reason. People can now gather outside in groups of 10, from a maximum of two households. 

Outdoor tennis courts, golf courses, and skateparks have reopened. Hairdressers are also allowed to reopen.

From 2 November, hospitality and retail services are expected to be allowed to open their doors once more, albeit with limited capacity. From that date, households may also be allowed to host a maximum of two guests and their dependent children once per day.

The Kingston municipality is officially COVID-19-free again for the first time in four months.

The last time there were no active COVID-19 cases in the area was on 22 June. The second wave hit shortly afterwards, with total active cases in Kingston peaking at more than 100 in mid-August. 

First published in the Frankston Times – 27 October 2020

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