Australia National record as Victoria reports 2297 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
Police probe 'catastrophic' crash that killed four Melbourne teens
A "catastrophic" crash that killed four teenagers and severely injured two others in Melbourne's west last month is under investigation by the homicide squad. The four teenagers were travelling along Dohertys Road in Truganina when they collided with a truck near Forsyth Road at around 7.30pm on September 30.Four teenage boys, including the 16-year-old driver and his passengers aged 15, 16 and 17, were killed in the crash. Two other boys aged 15 and 17 sustained life-threatening injuries.
Victoria has reported a national daily record of 2297 new local coronavirus cases and another 11 deaths, as lockdown lifts in the Mitchell Shire and authorities identify more COVID-19 exposure sites in the state's regional areas.
Thursday's case numbers surpassed the previous Australian state record for daily case numbers by more than 330 cases - 1965 - reported by Victoria on Saturday, October 9.
The new case numbers come from more than 82,762 tests.
Cases tipped to lift as border rule shake-up exposes contradictions
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.
At least 37,611 Victorians rolled up their sleeves to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a state-run clinic on Wednesday. The state now has 20,505 active coronavirus cases.
Mitchell Shire's lockdown lifted at 11.59pm on Wednesday, with Health Minister Martin Foley praising the community for vaccination rates "taking off" there in the past few weeks.
"Whether it's unlinked cases, cases whilst infectious in the community, they've all stabilised and the public health team are confident that that outbreak is now understood and is being well managed," Mr Foley said.
The lockdown lifting brings the Mitchell Shire into line with the rest of regional Victoria.
While the limited reasons for people to leave their homes and the 15-kilometre travel limit will no longer apply, people in the area still have to wear masks indoors. They also cannot travel to Melbourne.
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The Mitchell Shire went into what was meant to be a seven-day snap lockdown along with the Surf Coast Shire and Greater Geelong on Sunday, September 19. While the lockdowns were lifted for the latter two local government areas after a week, Mitchell remained under restrictions.
Victorian health authorities identified a number of new close contact COVID-19 exposure sites in other regional areas late on Wednesday evening.
In Geelong, The Groove Train restaurant in Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre was listed as a tier-1 site on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, while Biryani King was identified as a close contact exposure on Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5.
2Cousins Shisha Hookah Lounge and cafe was a site on Saturday, October 9, while Upstate Studios, a pilates, yoga and boxing centre in Geelong, was listed for Thursday, October 7.
The Golden Dragon restaurant at Geelong was listed on Thursday, September 30. The Village Cinema screening of Candy Man in the regional city was identified as a tier-1 site on the same day, while the Commun Ne Fein Hotel was identified as close contact on Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7.
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In South Ballarat, Body and Soul Genesis 24/7 Gym was listed as tier-1 on Tuesday, October 5, and in Shepparton, IGA Caf - Fairley's Supa IGA was listed for Thursday, September 30.
In Torquay, Bomboras restaurant was listed as a close contact exposure site on Wednesday, October 6 and Two Sugars was listed for Saturday, October 9.
In Swan Hill, Clikk Hair Design by Stacey was listed on Monday, October 4. Honeyeater hair and beauty salon in Bendigo was listed for Tuesday, October 5 and Saturday, October 9.
Several sites were also listed in Halls Gap: Spirit of Punjab Indian restaurant; Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co.; Livefact Cafe; Frame Brothers Restaurant and Bar; and, Grampians Adventure Golf, Cafe and Moco Gallery.
In Stawell, Industry and Co. Barbering and Hairdressing was listed as a tier-1 site listed on Friday, October 8.
La Passion Cafe and Restaurant in Warrugal was listed on Sunday, October 3, while in Warrnambool, Ichiban Izakaya Japanese Restaurant and Pavilion Cafe and Bar were also identified as close contact exposure sites.
Australian navy helicopter ditches into sea, crew rescued .
Three Royal Australian Navy air crew have been rescued after their helicopter was forced to ditch into the Philippine Sea overnight. The Defence Department said the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter was operating from the warship HMAS Brisbane on regional military exercises when it made an emergency landing in the water.HMAS Brisbane deployed sea boats and rescued the crew about 20 minutes later.