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Victoria marks two weeks of zero local cases, three in hotel quarantine

Victoria marks two weeks of zero local cases, three in hotel quarantine
Victoria has recorded two weeks of zero local coronavirus cases as another three infections were detected in the state's hotel quarantine program.
Nearly 20,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
There are 34 active cases in the state.
Authorities will later confirm whether the new cases are linked to the Australian Open.
Two players are among the latest COVID-19 cases connected to the tennis tournament, bringing the total infections linked to the event to seven.
"The new positive cases linked to the Australian Open involve two players and one non-playing participant," the Department of Health and Human Services said yesterday.
The state's streak of zero cases and the return to offices for workers has prompted an onslaught of traffic to also make a comeback in Melbourne.
Data shows traffic levels are almost at pre-pandemic levels, with experts predicting it will get much worse as people seem to be avoiding public transport for their return to work.
Key traffic routes will be choked by an extra 100,000 vehicles forcing average speeds in morning peaks to slow to around 20km p/h if there's no change, according to Infrastructure Victoria.
The body has released a new report urging the state government to intervene.
Deputy Chief Executive of Infrastructure Victoria, Jonathan Spear told 3AW's Ross and Russel congestion will be "much worse" in the inner suburbs than before the pandemic.
"We're looking at having about 15 per cent more driving around that area, that's about 100,000 more car trips per day on top of what we had pre-COVID," he said.

Hopes for more border measures to ease

Premier Daniel Andrews says there is a "real chance" Brisbane will be able to move to a green zone under its traffic light system of coronavirus risk very soon.
While the remaining 10 red zones in Greater Sydney, preventing any travel into Victoria aside from exemptions, were being reviewed every day.
"Those red zone classifications will be in place not a moment longer than they need to be," he said yesterday.
However, the premier said he did not believe all 10 red zones would move to orange at the same time.