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State records 867 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths


Victoria has recorded 867 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and four deaths, as well as an additional 149 infections from previous days.

It is the state’s highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 847 cases on Saturday.

The state’s health department said the four deaths bring the toll from the current outbreak to 29.

The department also said an additional 140 cases have been added to Monday’s tally and nine cases to Sunday’s tally due to test results “incorrectl­y recorded by a third-party software vendor”.

This means there are now 9261 active infections across Victoria.

There were 49,450 coronaviru­s tests processed and 35,160 vaccine doses administer­ed at state-run hubs on Monday.

More than 78 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 47.7 per cent have had two doses.

Melbourne’s lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are double-vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26.

A more significan­t easing of restrictio­ns will occur when the 80 per cent double-dose target is met, forecast for November 5.

However, some modest changes will be made to restrictio­ns on Wednesday, when the state pass 80 per cent single-dose vaccinatio­n coverage.

This includes extending the travel limit to 15 kilometres, as well as the resumption of golf, tennis and cricket and group personal training for up to five fully vaccinated adults.

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