Victoria has recorded its lowest COVID-19 case day in a week, but has had a high number of deaths.
On Tuesday, the health department confirmed there had been 827 new cases in the 24 hours until midnight.
There were also 19 more COVID-19 related deaths.
Victoria has now passed 93 per cent first dose vaccination coverage and 89 per cent of the eligible population is double dosed.
The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Victoria remains stable at 303.
Of those 44 are in intensive care and 23 are on a ventilator.
Tuesday is the first day below 1000 cases since last Wednesday.
There were 1029 cases recorded on Monday, 1275 on Sunday, 1166 on Saturday and 1273 on Friday.
South Australia throws open borders
South Australia has thrown its borders open to all states and territories for the first time in months, with thousands of travellers expected to arrive in the days and weeks ahead.
From Tuesday, people from Victoria, NSW and the ACT are allowed to enter SA along with those from WA, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, although some restrictions and requirements will remain in place.
Everyone must be double vaccinated and use a new online border entry process known as EntryCheck SA, which assesses an individual’s vaccination status, departure location and COVID-19 risk.
Based on the information provided, travellers may also be prompted to use a new HealthCheck SA app which will help them monitor daily symptoms and guide them through any testing and quarantine requirements.
Unvaccinated travellers will be required to seek a special exemption with applications to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
By Monday, more than 25,000 people had applied to come to SA, with most of the earlier arrivals expected to be returning residents or people reuniting with family and friends.
Tourists are more likely to travel to SA over the Christmas-New Year holiday period.
– with AAP
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