Victoria has achieved the perfect week: no new coronavirus cases and zero deaths for seven days.
Friday's Department of Health Human Services update showed the Melbourne 14-day average also dropped further, from 1.4 to 1.3.
There remain two mystery cases in Melbourne, while the corresponding figures for regional areas are also zero.
It is the first time since February that Victoria has had such a streak of no deaths or new cases.
Another day of double zero. Yesterday there were zero new cases and zero lives lost. The 14 day average is 1.3 and there are 2 cases with an unknown source. More info here and also later today: https://t.co/pcll7ySEgz#COVID19VicDatapic.twitter.com/YuOYkv9tlq— VicGovDHHS (@VicGovDHHS) November 5, 2020
Victoria has only 20 active cases and no active cases in aged care for the first time since June 15.
Now comparisons with NSW are continuing to dog the Victorian government ahead of the premier confirming new coronavirus rules.
NSW has reported six locally-acquired cases in the past week, with 68 COVID- positive people being treated including a patient on a ventilator in intensive care.
Premier Daniel Andrews will announce the further relaxation of restrictions on Sunday, including an end to the 25-kilometre travel radius limit and the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
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Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien pointed to diminishing active cases as a reason for the premier to realign rules closer to those enjoyed north of the border.
"Whether it's weddings, whether it's going to a pub, whether it's sporting events, whether it's having people over - NSW have demonstrated that they can live safely with coronavirus with very low numbers," he told reporters.
"Victoria has got even lower numbers and yet our lives are so much more locked down."
The Victorian government has already committed to lifting capacity limits at Melbourne hospitality venues to 40 patrons indoors - 10 per space - and 70 outdoors.
Mr O'Brien argues density limits should be based on the size of each venue rather than an "arbitrary number".
"That is the difference for a lot of small businesses between opening and closing, between living and dying," he said.
Victoria also notched another major milestone this week, confirming its final active case in aged care was cleared late on Wednesday.
Aged care bore the brunt of Victoria's devastating second wave, with over 650 of the state's 819 deaths linked to the sector.
It is the first time since June 15 that there have been no active cases in any facility across the state.
Meanwhile, Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry will deliver its interim report on Friday, including recommendations for a quarantine program that would clear the way for international flights to the state for the first time since early July.