Australia Victoria's COVID-19 cases soar past 2000
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Victoria's coronavirus cases have soared past 2000, with 2297 new infections reported today.
The figure is the highest daily COVID-19 cases any Australian state or territory has recorded since the pandemic began.
The alarming number has crushed hopes the state had already reached its peak and was following a downward trend of COVID-19 cases.
Another 11 people have died from the virus.
The Burnet Insitute predicted the state would reach 2000 cases by the end of the month.
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Interstate travellers will be able to visit Victoria without quarantining for 14 days before Melburnians can go to Ballarat under what Victoria's Health Minister has dubbed a transitional anomaly.The border changes come as an influential scientific modeller said he believes Victoria's COVID-19 case numbers will continue to rise for weeks instead of peaking ahead of an anticipated easing of restrictions next week.
Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday said he would provide "greater clarity" at the end of the week about what next week will look like, considering the state is due to reach its 70 per cent vaccine milestone ahead of schedule.
The state was initially forecast to reach its 70 per cent double dosemilestone on October 26, but data shows it is possible the target may be hit as early as October 21.
Mr Andrews has warned once the vaccine target had been met, Melbourne's lockdown would turn into a "lockout" for the unvaccinated.
"For the first time, we will ease these rules, end these lockdowns, we'll move to a lockout rather than a lockdown, because we've been able to get the vaccination numbers to where they thought they'd be and beyond that," he said yesterday.
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Thetoday after case numbers stabilised in the region.
Mitchell Shire is now back in alignment with the rest of regional Victoria, with the limited reasons to leave home rule and the 15km travel radius scrapped.
Victoria records 1749 new COVID-19 cases as 20 new GP respiratory clinics announced .
The figures come as the state government announced 20 new GP respiratory clinics will be established around Melbourne to ease the strain on hospital emergency departments. © Jason South COVID-19. The Minister for Health, Martin Foley, and Jeroen Weimar will provide the daily COVID update. Photo by Jason South. 15th October 2021 The new locally acquired cases were recorded among 68,702 tests, and were down from 1903 cases recorded the day before. There were 36,751 doses of the vaccine delivered on Monday - 89.2 per cent of Victorians over the age of 16 have now had their first dose of the vaccine, and 66.