Eight more Victorians have died from the coronavirus, while 278 new cases have been recorded.
This is the smallest number of new cases since July 20, when the state recorded 275 cases.
The deaths bring the state’s death toll to 275 and the national figure to 360.
A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5.
Victoria has recorded 278 new coronavirus infections and eight deaths, a significant drop from the 410 recorded yesterday
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is convinced Victoria’s COVID-19 curve is flattening.
He said it depended “literally on hundreds of millions of individual choices and decisions”.
The virus-stricken state is starting to bear fruit from week-long Stage Four restrictions shutting down all non-essential businesses in Melbourne.
While noting that Victoria’s seven-day average case is declining, Mr Andrews acknowledged that the full effects of the lockdown would not be known until next week.
“We all know that a week is not the life cycle of this virus,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s not precise. This is not correct because it all literally depends on hundreds of millions of individual choices and decisions that each of us make every day.
Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University, also believes that the state is “past its peak now.”
“So I’m hoping that this pipeline, if you like, of people exposed and then getting sick and possibly triggering outbreaks in the workplace as well, is changing, so that we start to end these outbreaks.” existing, ”Professor Bennett told the Today Show.
Professor Bennett also acknowledged that active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria fell for the first time on Wednesday.
Virus-stricken state begins to bear fruit from week-long fourth stage restrictions shutting down all non-essential businesses in Melbourne
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is convinced Victoria’s COVID-19 curve is flattening
“So I’m hoping that this pipeline, if you like, of people exposed and then getting sick and potentially triggering outbreaks in the workplace as well is changing, so that we start to end these existing outbreaks.” , she said.
“We should see the numbers drop very quickly once these epidemics are contained and we stop, you know, having more people in. [contact], whether in hospital or in care of the elderly in particular.
Professor Bennett said it was likely that the draconian Stage Four restrictions would be lifted by December.
“If we see the numbers drop sharply over the next two weeks, then everything is fine, the restrictions will be much softer by Christmas,” she said.