VICTORIA has recorded its 10th consecutive 'doughnut' day with no new COVID19 cases in the community.
It comes as the state government faces increasing pressure about why over 1200 tennis players and officials have been allowed to arrive in the state for next month's Australian open, yet many thousands of Australian's including Hepburn local Michael Barnes, are unable to secure a flight home.
Three people in hotel quarantine have tested positive in the past 24 hours, taking the confirmed active cases in the state to 26.
Latest numbers released Saturday morning, show there were just under 15,000 tests carried out in Victoria on Saturday.
The Queensland 'red zone' for travellers is also set to be downgraded for Victorian travellers trying to return home.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton announced today that, due to the reduced exposure risk and low community transmission in Brisbane, the Queensland red zone) would transition to orange, allowing Victorians in those areas to return home if they want to.
As of 6pm tonight (Saturday), the regions of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redland, Logan, and Ipswich will be declared an orange zone by Victoria's Chief Health Officer.
The updated orange zone listing overrides the previous classification as a red zone and applies to the last 14 days.
This means anyone who has been or is currently in Greater Brisbane wanting to travel to Victoria can apply for a permit to travel. Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in isolation until you receive a negative result.
It comes as there are reports the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 could be approved in Australia within days
Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, who leads the Therapeutic Goods Administration and will make the final sign off, is hopeful the decision could be made ahead of schedule.
A meeting of the government's Advisory Committee on Vaccines was brought forward to Friday afternoon to consider the most recent data from the manufacturer and the regulator.
Staff at the regulator will work through the weekend following the meeting, but Professor Skerritt said he couldn't predict an exact timeline after that.
"I'm hoping by this time next week, we'll actually have a decision on the first vaccine," Professor Skerritt told ACM ahead of the meeting on Friday.
"(The committee) will meet, they'll look at all the information our experts have put in, the recommendations and questions.
Meanwhile, Western Australia's hard border with Victoria will be relaxed from Monday at midnight.
After receiving new health advice about Victoria on Friday afternoon the Western Australian government has decided to downgrade the state from a 'medium risk' to 'low risk'.
The downgrade means people travelling from Victoria to Western Australia no longer need an exemption to enter the state from January 18, though they will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The hard border still applies to anyone who is trying to enter the from Victoria but has been in either New South Wales or Queensland in the previous 14 days.