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Victoria continues its downward coronavirus trend, posting its lowest day in under 200 cases in more than a month.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed 179 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, and another nine deaths.

This is more than 60 minus a day earlier when 240 new cases were recorded and 216 were recorded.

It is the state’s lowest case-day since July 13.

The death toll for Victoria currently stands at 385, while the national toll has risen to 472.

In Melbourne, Friday’s cases mark another optimistic move forward after what was a horrific start to the week saw with 25 deaths reported on Monday, making it the deadliest day on record.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer says on Thursday that he still wants to see case numbers “substantially lower” before any talk of winding restrictions can be put back.

Asked what average case number he would be personally happy with before this could happen, Allen Cheng said there would be debate in the next few weeks.

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