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Vic has nine virus deaths, 179 new cases

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Victoria has had nine more coronavirus deaths, with the state toll now 385 and the national figure at 472.

The new cases total 179, marking the first time in more than a month that the figure has dropped below 200 as the state's second outbreak eases.

Friday's virus numbers come as Premier Daniel Andrews pledges to raise the impacts of COVID-19 border closures on communities at national cabinet, with Victoria still shut off from the rest of the nation.

New measures preventing border residents from crossing into South Australia, or leaving the state and then returning, came into effect for the Victoria-SA border on Friday.

A permit system also remains in place for Victoria-NSW border residents, although NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has called for it to be overhauled after meeting with Albury-Wodonga stakeholders.

Mr Andrews is vowing to fight for workable arrangements, with the issue on the agenda for Friday's meeting of federal, state and territory leaders.

"We're doing everything we can to try and make the fact that others have closed their borders to us as workable as possible," he told reporters on Thursday.

"It's not easy by any stretch. Hopefully, we'll have some progress."

Melbourne is in the third week of a strict level four lockdown, while the rest of Victoria is under level three restrictions. The measures are due to end on September 13.

Despite a fifth straight day of cases under 300, Mr Andrews said it was too early to tell when Melbourne's 8pm-5am curfew would be lifted.

His government also announced a freeze on evictions and rental rises would be extended until December 31.

© AAP 2020

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