Melbourne school probed for breaching health orders after COVID-19 outbreak

By Benita Kolovos and Emily Woods
Premier Daniel Andrews says the roadmap will rely on Burnett Institute modelling. (AAP)

Victoria's long-awaited roadmap out of lockdown will be released on Sunday, the premier has confirmed, as a man in his 20s became one of the state's latest COVID-19 victims.

Victoria recorded 445 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, including the Hume man and a woman in her 80s from Brimbank.

The deaths bring the toll from the latest outbreak to six and the overall toll since the start of the pandemic to 826.

Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson said authorities were unaware the man had the virus before he died at home on Monday.

It is not yet known if he had underlying health conditions or whether he was vaccinated.

"The death of the gentleman in his 20s is extraordinarily sad," Ms Matson told reporters on Tuesday.

"We are aware he died of COVID due to post-mortem analysis. He wasn't a case we were aware of."

Victorian authorities are investigating a COVID outbreak at Fitzroy Community School in Melbourne. (AAP)

The woman in her 80s died at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she had been admitted as a COVID-19 patient.

There are 158 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 45 of those in intensive care, including 23 on ventilators to breathe.

One person in hospital is fully vaccinated, with the remaining 91 per cent are unvaccinated and eight per cent are partially vaccinated.

It came as Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the state's roadmap out of lockdown would be released on Sunday.

"We'll have more to say about schools, more to say about social gatherings, more to say about the economy and all its different sectors on Sunday," he told reporters outside parliament on Tuesday.

"I'm not necessarily promising that everything can be open when people want it to be open, which was yesterday.

"But we've got to follow the health advice otherwise we will crash our health system and give our nurses an impossible task and see many thousands of people very, very ill."

Victoria has recorded 445 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths as restrictions in the state remain. (AAP)

Mr Andrews said the roadmap, which will outline restrictions through to November, would rely on Burnett Institute modelling of vaccination and hospitalisation rates.

"There will be quite a few footnotes at the bottom of it and it will be subject to how many people are in hospital and all sorts of things," he said.

"But it's about giving people a clear sense of what we're working towards."

In the meantime, Melburnians will get an extra hour of outdoor activity and the five-kilometre travel radius will be expanded to 10km when 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is expected to occur on Friday.

Pet grooming will be also be allowed from Tuesday for all animals after previously only being permitted under urgent circumstances, as long as it's outdoors, contactless and conducted solo.

Some 129 of the state's 445 new cases were linked to known outbreaks and 74 per cent were in Melbourne's northern suburbs. It brings the total active cases in the state to 3799.

Ms Matson said implored Victorians who live or work in 10 postcodes in Melbourne's north and west to "get tested at your first sign of symptoms".

Meanwhile, the Victorian government announced it will spend another $22 million on mental health, including establishing pop-up clinics across the state.


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