For the first time in two months, there is an active case of COVID-19 in the Mitchell Shire.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ daily report on COVID-19 cases says there is one active case in the shire, taking the total number of cases to 10 since the pandemic hit Australia.

Prior to today, the last reported new case in the Mitchell Shire was on April 3.

The number of cases in the Macedon Ranges remains at nine cases, with none active, and 33 cases in the City of Whittlesea, with two currently active.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria is 1678 – an increase of eight since yesterday.

There have been no new deaths reported. To date, 19 people have died from COVID-19 in Victoria.

The department does not release details of the exact location of the case.

The case is determined by the residential address provided when the case is notified – it is not where they were infected and may not be where the person with COVID-19 currently resides.

Victoria’s chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton said the low rate of community transmission meant the easing of some restrictions.

“You can have up to 20 people in your home or in a public place. Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have up to 20 customers dine in, and businesses such as beauty therapists can see clients again,” he said.

“Although it’s tempting to rush out and book that weekend away or have your friends over, it is important that we use our common sense. In all your activities, be considered, be cautious and stay safe. And if you don’t have to do it – don’t.

“We need to continue to follow physical distancing rules and practice good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.”