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Snap five-day Vic lockdown to end on time

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Victoria's five-day lockdown will end on time, with authorities confident the "circuit breaker" has contained the Holiday Inn outbreak.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the snap lockdown would lift at 11.59pm on Wednesday as planned, after the state recorded no new COVID-19 cases.

The decision was rubber-stamped in a meeting of senior government ministers on Wednesday morning.

Victorians were locked down under stage four restrictions on Friday as health officials sought to slow the spread of a cluster stemming from the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport.

The stay-at-home order - only allowing people to leave home for essential work, shopping, care and exercise - will be repealed along with the 5km travel rule.

Masks will remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors where social distancing isn't possible and the home gathering limit has been tightened to five visitors.

Schools will reopen on Thursday after shutting down for three days and shutdown businesses can resume trading.

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said the state could not afford to keep coming in and out of lockdown.

"We can't keep having this yo-yo where we open then close, then open again. We just need to get it right," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"If the government gets it right, we can all get on with our lives."

Almost 40,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to midnight on Tuesday and there are 25 active cases across the state.

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