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Australia Two Victorians die as the state records 445 new Covid cases

04:51  14 september  2021
04:51  14 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Victoria has recorded 445 new Covid -19 cases bringing the total number of active infections to 3952 as the state 's Delta outbreak continues to spiral out of control. There were also two deaths reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, as Melburnians enter the sixth week of the city's gruelling lockdown . The state recorded 473 new cases on Monday with just 202 linked to the rest of the outbreak as authorities warned tearooms in essential workplaces pose the greatest risk of transmission. It comes as Victoria 's construction sector has been put on notice it could lose its permitted worker status, with 13

Victoria records 445 local Covid -19 cases and two deaths. The Victorian numbers are here. 445 new cases , just 129 are linked so far. Unfortunately, the state has also recorded two Covid -19 deaths. Excellent news and thank you very much to those 1,000 families. I’m sure it is tough spending two weeks in quarantine. So we had that one new case , another child who attends the same school, so it’s not surprising, and they’ll be then managed, and their family, of course, so this is very good news.

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Victoria has recorded two deaths and 445 new Covid-19 cases bringing the total number of active infections to 3799 as the state's Delta outbreak spirals out of control.

Of the new cases, only 129 are linked to the rest of the outbreak sparking fears infections will continue to rise as Melburnians endure their sixth week of the city's gruelling lockdown.

While the latest tally is a slight drop from Monday's 473 infections - the highest daily total in this outbreak - authorities have warned people to remain vigilant as tearooms in essential workplaces pose the greatest risk of transmission.

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Thousands of Victorian construction workers could be forced to get a Covid vaccine or lose their jobs amid police crackdown and warnings industry could be shut down after tradies ignored lockdown rules. A decision hasn't been made yet, but we're actively considering it right now,' the government source told The Age . If approved, the new rule could come into effect as early as next week with Victoria being the first state to make jabs compulsory for construction workers. The state recorded 445 new Covid cases on Tuesday as the state battles a Delta outbreak, slightly down from 473 on

Victorian health authorities are trying to find the source of another four mystery COVID cases . The state recorded 21 local cases overnight, as well as another two people who tested positive after arriving from interstate. Victoria records 392 new locally-acquired cases of COVID -19.

Officials have launched a crackdown on construction workers amid concerns the state's Covid crisis has become a pandemic of the young and vaccinated, with alarming new data revealing the regions with the lowest jab numbers.

The latest federal data from September shows Melbourne City Council area has the lowest vaccination rate of any LGA with a first dose rate of 54.2 per cent followed by the Hume region at 55 per cent, according to Covid Live.

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Statewide, only around 40 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated and around 65 per cent have had their first dose - after 36,615 vaccines were administered in the past 24 hours.

The lagging vaccination rate places Victoria more than three weeks behind NSW in reaching the 70 per cent double dose target, which the northern state expects to hit in mid-October.

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Victoria has recorded 473 new locally acquired cases of COVID -19 as the state government launches a compliance and vaccination crackdown for the construction industry. Key points: It represents the highest single-day count of the outbreak so far and the largest tally in more than a year. Dozens of teams will begin inspecting construction sites to ensure compliance with COVID restrictions. There is evidence of transmission between employees in workplace tearooms. Of the new cases , 202 have so far been linked to known outbreaks. It's the highest daily case count in Victoria since August

Victoria has recorded 473 new locally acquired COVID -19 cases - the state 's highest daily tally since the outbreak began - as the Andrews government continues its work on a roadmap out of lockdown. The health department on Monday confirmed 202 cases were linked to known outbreaks, with the source of the remaining 27 infections under investigation. The new infections bring the total number of active cases in the state to 3507. In the 24 hours to Monday morning, 49,037 tests were processed and 30,032 Victorians received a vaccine dose at a state -run hub. While the regions emerged from

Meanwhile, compliance and vaccination blitzes have been launched across the Victorian building industry, with the sector put on notice it could lose its ability to keep working during lockdowns.

Some 13 per cent of the state's cases have been traced to building sites, with tradies lashed at Monday's Covid briefing for regularly ignoring lockdown rules and spreading the virus 20km across Melbourne.

The industry will be subjected to an extraordinary 'zero tolerance' Covid crackdown with fifty compliance teams deployed to sites across the state to ensure workers are following mask orders and social distancing properly.

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From July 1, on-the-spot fines for authorised worker breaches increased to up to $1817 for individuals and up to $10,904 for businesses.

Meanwhile, Melbourne's northern and western suburbs - where all but 38 of the infections recorded on Monday reside - will be subject to a three-week vaccination blitz.

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New South Wales recorded 1,262 local Covid -19 cases and seven deaths, including a man in his 20s from western Sydney. NSW CHO Dr Kerry Chant said she believed NSW will reach 80% first dose vaccination by Wednesday. Victoria recorded 392 local Covid -19 cases , with just 107 linked to known outbreaks. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced a series of vaccination pop-ups that he hopes will “take the vaccine” to local communities. Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases , with the chief health officer saying she was “genuinely hopeful” the outbreak had been contained.

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Health Minister Martin Foley said 87 per cent of active cases were aged under 50, with 585 aged under 19.

'This continues to be a pandemic of the young and the unvaccinated,' he told reporters on Monday.

Mr Foley said 89 per cent of the 157 Victorians fighting COVID-19 in hospital were unvaccinated, while 11 per cent had received one dose.

COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said an increasing number of cases had been linked to the construction industry, which is also subject to a vaccination blitz and compliance crackdown from Monday.

VICTORIA'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE BLITZ

A four-week compliance blitz will be carried out by the state government's Industry Enforcement and Engagement Operation.

About 20,000 priority Pfizer appointments will made available to construction workers at all sites across Victoria from Monday until September 26.

The Ford Campbellfield site, the Heidelberg Repat, Eagle Stadium in Wyndham, and the former Bunnings in Melton will open for walk-ups for construction workers from 8am until 11am over the next fortnight.

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Anyone who works at a site where civil works, building or construction activities take place will be eligible.

'Our construction industry is critical to our state, but what is even more important is vaccinating each and every Victorian so we can slow the spread of the virus,' state treasurer Tim Pallas said.

'The construction sector's ability to remain open is on a knife's edge, and to ensure they can keep building, people need to get vaccinated and follow the rules.'

He identified tearooms of essential workplaces as the 'most dangerous place' to contract the virus, given people drop their guard and their face mask to eat and drink.

Mr Weimar said there were six COVID-19 cases connected to an outbreak of V/Line staff, with transmission having occurred in the train driver's break room.

The outbreak has all but shuttered the state's regional train network, given 300 workers have been forced to isolate.

Coaches will continue to replace the majority of V/Line services on Tuesday.

Authorities are also investigating an outbreak at the Fitzroy Community School in Fitzroy North.

Mr Weimar confirmed 31 students and staff have contracted the virus, while some 189 close contacts have been forced into self-isolation.

There are about 60 students enrolled at the school, which describes itself as an 'independent, alternative primary school'.

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Only children of permitted workers and those who are vulnerable are currently allowed to attend school in Melbourne, but the school has reportedly been inviting all parents to send their children to class.

School founder Faye Berryman told ABC News 24 primary-aged children had 'a strong resilience to COVID' and needed to be in class for the sake of their mental health.

Mr Foley said the school had been on the health department's radar and it would take appropriate action once the outbreak was brought under control.

He would not be drawn on whether the school should be fined or deregistered.

Opposition education spokesman David Hodgett said he did not support breaking the rules but understood the school's actions

'The government has not put out a single plan. There's no certainty. There's no hope,' he told reporters.

The state government is continuing to develop a roadmap out of lockdown,  including a plan to return students to classrooms in term four.

Melburnians will get an extra hour of outdoor activity and the five-kilometre travel radius will be expanded to 10km when 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

By Monday, 66.9 per cent of the eligible Victorian population had received at least a first dose.

There has been no indication of what freedoms will be permitted when more than 70 per cent of the population is double-vaccinated.

VICTORIA'S LGA VACCINATION RATES

LGA

First dose               Fully-vaccinated

Melbourne

Hume

Greater Dandenong

Brimbank

Melton

Moreland

Casey

Maribyrnong

Yarra

Wyndham

54.2%                      28.4%

55.0%                        28.8%

56.7%                        30.5%

57.9%                        32.5%

59.8%                       30.3%

60.4%                      35.5%

61.4%                       34.4%

62.6%                      37.9%

64.0%                     39.7%

66.7%                      33.2%

Source: Covid Live

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