Victoria will expand its testing criteria ahead of a coronavirus infection curve that has been forecast to peak in June.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has told Victorians not to be complacent as the state faces a calm before the storm.

The state’s total infection tally reached 968 on Wednesday, including four babies.

Ms Mikakos also announced Victoria will be broadening its testing criteria from Thursday.
Police officers and workers in health care, residential care, disability care settings,
homeless support and child protection will all be considered a priority group.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Victorian government announced a $1.3 billion injection to fight COVID-19.

A big part of this spend will be directed to protective equipment, as well as increasing the state’s intensive care capacity by an extra 4000 beds.

More than 40,000 health professionals are also set to bolster Australia’s frontline efforts against the coronavirus.

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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and national boards have announced a new sub-register that aims to fast-track the return of personnel.

Meanwhile, the tight social distance laws limiting the movement of Victorians loosened a bit for lovers.

“We have no desire to penalise individuals who are staying with or meeting their partners if they don’t usually reside together. We’ll be making an exemption. Hope that helps,” Victorian Chief Health Officer Prof Brett Sutton tweeted on Wednesday.

Police Minister Lisa Neville replied saying it was a good outcome for the community.