Virus cases dip below 200 in Victoria

Victorian coronavirus cases have dipped below 200 for the first time in more than a month, recording 179 new infections overnight.

But tragically, there were nine more deaths in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health and Human Services also confirmed on Friday morning.

Premier Daniel Andrews will front the media with more information on outbreaks later on Friday.

It comes after a statewide ban on evictions and rental price hikes was extended until at least the end of the year.

Treasurer Tim Pallas made the announcement on Thursday afternoon following news Victoria had recorded a further 240 coronavirus infections and 13 more deaths.

“Nobody should be worried about losing a roof over their head right now – particularly given the circumstances around social distancing,” he said.

“But also, the associated economic consequences of the pandemic event that the entire world is confronting. So we need to provide certainty to people who lose their homes or their businesses, and we need to help tenants and landlords find some common ground.

“That’s why we’re going to extend on evictions and rental increases the ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year.”

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