Another doughnut day: Victoria records no new cases of coronavirus, no deaths

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For the second day in a row, Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus or deaths in the past day.

It comes after a 'doughnut day' of zeros for both on Monday.

Businesses in Melbourne are preparing to reopen from 11.59pm, after Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of stage four restrictions on Monday.

Euan Wallace, the deputy secretary of case, contact and outbreak management at the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Tuesday household visits remain a concern to authorities.

The government is yet to announce how and when restrictions will ease in that regard.

Mr Wallace said the recent outbreak in Melbourne's north reinforced the danger of family transmission.

"The lessons from the recent outbreak in the northern suburbs – but not just that outbreak several other outbreaks over the last month or so – has been that intra-household and entire household transmission has been one of the key methods of this virus spreading," he told ABC Radio National on Tuesday morning.

"So we need to just hold off on the massive family gatherings we all want to have just a bit longer.

When Melburnians are allowed to meet indoors again, they will need to be extremely careful, he said.

"We have examples of very human things, you know, passing newborn babies around … with infants having the virus, and then spread the virus across multiple households.

"These are normal, normal human things that we want to do want to hug each other."

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