A blitz in northern Melbourne has returned 1135 negative tests, as the city reels from news there would be a "pause" on lifting of restrictions.
Results have been coming in from a testing blitz conducted in northern Melbourne, with more than 1135 tests returning negative, after fears there could be a spike of new cases in the region led Premier Daniel Andrews to announce a "pause" on lifting restrictions.
Victoria has passed the magic number five for the 14-day average of new Covid-19 cases, but restrictions aren't lifting yet.
An emerging cluster has prompted fears the average will go back up above five on Monday. As a result, Andrews delayed announcing any new easing of restrictions for Melbourne and is instead expected to provide an update on the lockdown conditions on Tuesday.
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"We had hoped today to be able to announce that metropolitan Melbourne would take significant steps, not from today but from mid week, around retail, hospitality and a whole range of other, important next steps," Andrews said on Sunday.
However, he said the city was "not in a position" to proceed with those plans because there were "at least 1000 test results from that northern metropolitan outbreak that are in the labs".
It comes as Victoria recorded seven new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with no new deaths.