Australia's Victoria reports 14 new coronavirus cases, eight deaths

FILE PHOTO: People exercise and enjoy the sunshine, as Victoria state begins easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, at Elwood beach in Melbourne, Australia, September 14, 2020. AAP Image/James Ross via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria on Friday reported eight deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 14 new infections as the state looks set to ease some tough restrictions during the weekend.

Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, a day earlier reported two deaths from the virus and 12 new cases.

The two-week average of new infections in the city of Melbourne dropped below 26, well below the 30-50 level which the state has set as a precondition to ease curbs.

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Sandra Maler