Victoria’s fresh COVID-19 case is not linked to the Australian Open, as the state basks in its 18th straight day without reporting a new locally acquired infection.
From just under 12,000 tests, Victoria on Sunday recorded no local cases and a sole infection in hotel quarantine.
The case was detected in a man in his 40s, with COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria confirming he is not a member of the nearly 1000-strong cohort of Australian Open players, support staff and officials.
A reclassified case among the tennis contingent has also whittled down the total associated with the event to nine.
There remain 30 active coronavirus cases in the state.
It comes as more visitors are allowed in Victorian households, with the indoor gathering limit at homes doubled from Saturday from 15 to 30.
The smaller limit on home gatherings had been introduced on New Year’s Eve as the state battled a cluster linked to a Black Rock Thai restaurant.
More Victorians stranded interstate will also be able to return home, thanks to a further easing of interstate border restrictions.
The Greater Sydney local government areas marked red zones in recent weeks have been downgraded to orange, with the exception of Cumberland.
People travelling to Victoria from an orange zone will need to apply for a permit, get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they receive a negative result.
However, they will not be barred entry.
Unrestricted travel into Victoria is also allowed from Greater Brisbane and regional NSW, with the exception of Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.
Meanwhile, Victoria will receive 1500 seasonal farm workers from the Pacific Islands, who will quarantine in Tasmania before travelling to the mainland.
Farmers say the new quarantine deal for harvest workers is a step in the right direction but won’t fix the sector’s labour shortages.