After a slight delay this morning, the DHHS has delivered today's COVID-19 update.
Victoria has reported 45 new cases in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, a further five people have lost their lives to the virus.
More details on today's figures are expected later today.
On Thursday, the state reported just 28 new cases - its lowest daily increases in almost three months.
It followed daily increases of 42 on Wednesday, 42 on Tuesday and 35 on Monday.
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On Thursday, Premier Daniel Andrews pleaded for regional Victorians to remain vigilant under the third steop.
"I'll just just say this to regional Victorians: the rules have changed, but there are still rules. It's really important that regional Victorians remain vigilant," he said.
"Every regional Victorian is obligated, having given so much and having done so much to create this sense of absolute optimism, to make sure that they remain vigilant following different rules, but rules nonetheless."
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The Premier's comments come as Northern Grampians business and residents look to bounce back under the eased restrictions.
Grampians Tourism has reinvigorated its campaign to attract visitors from other areas of regional Victoria.
Northern Grampians Shire chief executive Liana Thompson said she understood residents within the shire could be anxious at this time.
"About 800 jobs have been lost in tourism across the region due to the coronavirus pandemic," she said.
"With that fact in mind, we have an opportunity to show our country hospitality and welcome people safely to our community and gorgeous environment."
You can read more about that here.
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