Australia Covid Live News Update: Victoria Records 2,297 Cases, 11 Deaths; NSW Records 406 Cases, Six Deaths Ahead Of Plan For 80% Opening

Victoria has recorded the deaths of 11 more people with COVID-19 and 1,935 new cases of the virus ahead of an announcement about the next steps out of lockdown.

More than 73 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and above have now had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

It brings the state closer to an 80 per cent target, which is projected to be hit within the week.

The government is expected to make an announcement today about what freedoms will be granted once the milestone is reached.

Under the current roadmap, all of Victoria will move to the same settings, Melbourne retail and gyms will open and masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors.

Senior ministers met on Saturday night to discuss the next steps.

The ABC understands the border around Melbourne will be dropped from Friday, allowing Victorians to travel anywhere in the state ahead of the Melbourne Cup weekend.

The new infections were found from 69,624 tests processed on Saturday, which was Melbourne's second day out of lockdown.

It brings the number of active infections in the state to 24,993.

There are now 787 people in Victorian hospitals with COVID-19, 17 more than yesterday, suggesting a "welcome" plateau discussed by authorities yesterday has continued.

But COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar yesterday warned the state was "not out of the woods yet" and that how many more people became ill would depend on people's behaviour now lockdowns have lifted.

There are 146 people receiving intensive care, including 93 people on a ventilator.

The vast majority of those in hospital had not received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The deaths of 11 people bring the toll for this outbreak to 223.

Cases among young people and those in regional Victoria have been growing in recent days. About half of all cases are aged under 30, recent data shows.

Yesterday, the 10 local government areas with the highest number of new cases were Casey, Melton, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Whittlesea, Hume, Brimbank, Melbourne, Moreland and Moonee Valley.

A cluster has emerged at the Park Hotel in Carlton, where refugees and asylum seekers are being held.

More to come.

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