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Victoria’s path out of COVID-19 lockdown is down to residents following public health guidelines, an infectious diseases expert says.

Professor Robert Booy told Today he welcomed the easing of some restrictions across Melbourne and Ballarat as the move was good for people’s mental health, but rising case numbers remained a worry.

“Melbourne struggled, Victoria to a lesser extent has too … The numbers keep going up.

“The lockdowns have been as strict as they could make them. It comes down now to people’s compliance.”

Professor Booy said the high transmissibility of the virus among frontline workers was driving cases up in Victoria.

“It’s a real struggle. Maybe the compliance of front line workers can be improved.”

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