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Australia Victoria records 423 new cases as state waits on restrictions lifting

04:10  15 september  2021
04:10  15 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Victoria has recorded 423 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Of the new cases , contact tracers have linked 149 to known outbreaks. There were 54,649 test results received on Tuesday, and 41,856 doses of vaccine were administered at state -run sites. Melbourne has been under stage 4 lockdown restrictions since August 5, while most of regional Victoria has enjoyed relaxed restrictions since September 9. Victorian sectors introduce mandatory vaccinations. St Vincent's Health Australia has announced it will mandate vaccinations for all staff, volunteers and

Victoria has recorded 423 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the 24 hours to midnight last night. Of the new cases , just 149 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks, making the other 274 mystery infections. In Victoria , 66.8 per cent of the population has received one dose of the vaccine, with the Premier previously benchmarking a 70 per cent one-dose target for restrictions to ease slightly. ‘Breaking point’: Gladys accused of hiding. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is facing political pressure from both state and local government representatives as

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Victoria recorded 423 new cases in the past 24 hours to midnight, with 149 of the cases linked to known cases and outbreaks, as a number of Melbourne suburbs deal with hundreds of active cases.

Two people were reported to have died with Covid-19. The deaths bring the toll from the current outbreak to eight deaths.

One of those deaths was confirmed yesterday by the Australian Services Union as 46-year-old Martin Blight.

The Victorian Health Department reported that 41,856 vaccines were administered and 54,649 test results were received during the period.

Today's number is a slight drop on the 445 local cases announced yesterday, while Victoria now has 4,038 active cases.

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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 In case anyone was wondering, here is the Victorian premier learning that his state would be receiving 400,000 extra doses of vaccines as part of a three-week blitz from the federal government. Both press conferences were on at the same time, and it seems Andrews wasn’t totally delighted that he hadn’t

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 continues to spiral 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 . The two deaths include a man in his 20s from Hume in Melbourne's north, who died at home, and a woman in her 80s from the western suburb of Brimbank.

Suburbs such as Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana, Campbellfield and Laverton North are dealing with 1,000 active cases or more per 100,000 population, according to Victorian Health Department data.

There were 28 new cases recorded in the Broadmeadows area in the past 24 hours, for example, with 240 active cases among a total of 518 cases in the current outbreak.

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Daniel Andrews will finally announce Victoria's roadmap to freedom on Sunday after abandoning his aim to eliminate Covid-19.

The premier will set out what freedoms will be restored to Melbourne residents in the coming weeks as the state's vaccination rate steadily increases.

Nearly 68 percent of eligible Victorian residents had now received one dose of the Covid vaccine, while 41.4 percent had been fully vaccinated with two doses.

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Victoria recorded 42 new cases and, for the first time since 13 July, no new deaths. Restrictions will be significantly eased in regional Victoria from 11.59pm tomorrow. There were seven new cases in NSW and one new cases in Queensland. SA opened its borders to the ACT, though there was no Well, if the advice is that it’s manageable, and the risk is low enough, well we need to look to all options, as do the states . On Tuesday, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told the Guardian there were now 26,000 Australians overseas who had registered their wish to return home with the

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is "well placed" to further lift coronavirus restrictions this week, after recording no new cases of COVID-19 for a fourth straight day. Key points: Mr Andrews says a further announcement will be made on Thursday or Friday. But with thousands of close contacts testing negative, he says the state is on track. Veterans Minister Shaun Leane says the government is working with RSL Victoria on the possibility of ANZAC Day marches going ahead.

But Mr Andrews warned that unlike in NSW which is reducing restrictions based on vaccination rates alone, Victoria will also take into account Covid-19 hospitalisation rates.

Currently 158 Victorians are hospitalised with Covid, including 45 in intensive care and 23 requiring a ventilator. More than 90 percent of those hospitalised had not been vaccinated.

'There will be a map that talks about what we are going to do for the rest of September, October and November,' he told reporters on Tuesday.

'It will be subject to all sorts of things like how many people are in hospital.'

Mr Andrews said the roadmap 'will give people a clear sense of what we're working towards.'

If the plan is similar to NSW's roadmap then gyms and pubs will be allowed to re-open with distancing requirements when 70 per cent of the state is vaccinated - but no details have been revealed so far.

Mr Andrews' political opponents have been demanding a plan for weeks and criticised him for admitting he didn't even read the NSW roadmap.

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Daniel Andrews says Victoria 's run of no new cases is of "international significance". But the rules for masks look set to remain in place beyond November 22. Mr Andrews again urged Victorians to stay vigilant and continue to be tested for even mild symptoms. Victoria has been living under both a state of disaster and a state of emergency for months. Mr Andrews said the state of disaster, which was introduced when the citywide curfew and other measures came into place under stage 4 lockdown, would not be extended. "Because while the virus is still with us, we will be in a place where we do not

Victoria registered 445 new cases on Tuesday, with authorities scrambling to find the source of 316 of those infections. The state also recorded two Covid deaths in the past 24 hours. Relaxed restrictions on vaccinated Sydney residents have sparked backlash from some mayors who have pointed to the disparity in NSW’s lockdown restrictions . Residents living outside an area of concern in Sydney can now attend a gathering of up to five people for outdoor recreation “as long as all attendees aged 16 or over are fully vaccinated”.

'The Victorian Labor Government has admitted it hasn't even read the NSW plan to freedom. That tells you everything. Labor has no interest in ending the lockdown and doesn't care about offering hope to our state,' said Liberal frontbencher James Newbury.

It comes as Victoria's Covid-19 outbreaks continues to grow despite one of the harshest lockdowns in the world.

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

The family of Mr Blight, an unvaccinated call centre worker at a Tier 1 exposure site at Mill Park in Melbourne's north, released a statement with the Australian Services Union after his passing.


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'The ASU and Marty's family would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that no one else has to go through the trauma of losing someone to COVID-19,' the statement read.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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'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.'

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.

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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

The 10 LGAs with the lowest rates

First dose               Fully-vaccinated

Melbourne

Hume

Whittlesea

Greater Dandenong

Brimbank

Darebin

Melton

Moreland

Casey

Maribyrnong

54.2%                      28.4%

55.0%                       28.8%

56.2%                       32.1%

56.7%                       30.5%

57.9%                       32.5%

59.3%                      35.8%

59.8%                       30.3%

60.4%                      35.5%

61.4%                       34.4%

62.6%                       37.9%

The 10 LGAs with the highest rates

First dose               Fully-vaccinated

Queenscliffe

Surf Coast

Buloke

South Grampians

Warrnambool

Macedon Ranges

Alpine

Indigo

Moyne

Northern Grampians

95.9%                     76.6%

85.4%                     59.8%

82.1%                      58.3%

81.7%                      52.2%

79.8%                    52.7%

79.6%                     52.0%

79.0%                     50.9%

78.9%                     48.3%

78.6%                     49.5%

78.5%                      49.0%

Source: Covid Live

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