The border bubble is expanding.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said from midnight tonight the Victorian local government areas of Benalla, Greater Bendigo, Buloke, Loddon and Yarriambiack would be added to the cross-border region.
And in NSW Hay, Edward River, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee and Wagga will return to the bubble.
He said people in these areas can now cross into Victoria without a permit as long as they've stayed within the bubble in the last 14 days.
Mr Sutton said school children in Grade 3 and above will need to wear masks indoors at school. It's strongly recommended those in younger years wear masks.
A woman in her 70s has died with COVID in Greater Shepparton.
Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said 620 people were in hospital with COVID, 144 in ICU and 76 on a ventilator.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there were 113 new cases in regional Victoria, including 13 new cases in Shepparton, six linked to existing cases.
Victoria has reported a record 1838 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.
In the 24 hours to midnight yesterday 36,600 vaccines were administered and 77,554 tests received.
Yesterday Victoria recorded 1638 new cases of COVID and two deaths.
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Once 70 per cent of the state's population above 16 is fully vaccinated, expected around October 26, Melbourne's curfew will ease, the travel limit will be expanded and venues can open outdoors to the fully vaccinated.
But Victorians will have to wait until the 80 per cent double-dose target for significant changes, forecast for November 5.
NSW will reopen on Monday after the state hit 70 per cent double dose vaccination this week. Yesterday Premier Dominic Perrottet announced further easing of restrictions to come into place on Monday.
- with AAP
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