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Victoria To Lower Isolation Period For Fully Vaxxed Residents

Victoria has reported 1903 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, as Melbourne prepares for an early exit from its long-running sixth lockdown

The health department confirmed the state now has 22,327 active cases.

There were 69,825 tests processed and 32,405 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs on Sunday.

The new deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 152.

It comes as Melbourne readies to emerge from lockdown and Victoria is poised to scrap hotel quarantine for international travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, Premier Daniel Andrews says the state will not follow NSW in abolishing all quarantine requirements for double-dosed international arrivals from November 1.

Instead, he has foreshadowed travellers who have had both shots will be able to isolate at home for fewer than 14 days.

"It will be less," he told Seven's Sunrise on Monday.

"If you are double-dose vaccinated, you will be able to quarantine at home and hotel quarantine will be a thing of the past."

The premier has also confirmed Victoria will not lock down the entire state in future and instead opt for targeted restrictions in "very narrow circumstances".

"What we are moving away from is instead of locking people down, we are locking people out," he said.

"If you are not double-dose vaccinated, you won't be able to go to the pub."

Phones will be running hot for pubs, hairdressers and restaurants on Monday as fully vaccinated Melburnians race for a taste of freedom.

From 11.59pm on Thursday, all restrictions for leaving home will be dumped along with the city's nightly curfew as lockdown ends five days earlier than previously planned in line with the state reaching its 70 per cent double-dose vaccination target.

Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home per day, but retail and gyms in metropolitan Melbourne have to remain closed.

Hairdressing and beauty salons can open for up to five fully vaccinated people at a time, while pubs, clubs and entertainment venues will be able to host 20 fully vaccinated customers indoors and 50 outdoors.

Isolation orders for fully vaccinated non-household primary close contacts will also be halved from 14 days to seven.

Restrictions are slated to ease further when 80 per cent of the eligible population has received both vaccine doses, forecast by some data analysts to be as early as October 31.