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16 COVID-19 deaths as Victoria records 2189 new cases

Victoria has recorded 2189 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths to the 24 hours to midnight as it re-opens today.

That is the deadly day the state has recorded in this outbreak and there are 784 cases in hospital with 145 in ICU and 94 ventilated.

There are now 23,230 active cases in the state.

The state saw 77,036 tests done in the 24 hours to midnight, which was down on the 79,544 tests the day prior.

There were 38,339 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the past day, with 4,350,026 now administered in total. This brings the state's vaccination rate to 71 per cent for those aged over 16 years.

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Melbourne has celebrated awakened from its COVID-19 lockdown slumber, with cheers erupting in the city when the clock struck midnight.

Loud cheering and applause broke out from apartment buildings and in the streets the moment the city's sixth lockdown ended at 11.59pm on Thursday.

Photo: File

Photo: File

People flocked to hairdressers for a much-needed midnight snip, while others dropped into pubs and restaurants to celebrate with a drink or late-night feed.

From Friday, people can leave their homes for any reason and travel anywhere within metropolitan Melbourne.

The curfew has been scrapped, home gatherings of up to 10 are allowed, and hairdressers, beauticians and hospitality businesses can reopen for the fully vaccinated.

The regional town of Mildura also exited its lockdown at midnight, a day earlier than planned.

- with Australian Associated Press