Kyabram Free Press

WORRY OVER WASTEWATER

- By Myles Peterson

Despite currently being spared the harsh lockdown and curfew measures impacting residents of the metropolit­an region, Kyabram residents are advised by authoritie­s to maintain vigilance and social distancing and obey a range of rules including the wearing of masks designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The message was reinforced over the past week, with virus fragments being detected in wastewater at Shepparton twice.

Yesterday, Chief Health Officer has since re-evaluated its visitor policies.

Current restrictio­ns only allow visitors to aged-care homes for end-of-life purposes or to provide support and care.

Several other instances of Melburnian­s breaching quarantine and travelling to the regions have been reported.

On Tuesday, the Victorian Department of Health reported 24 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 bringing the total active cases for the state to 227.

Some 31,519 COVID-19 tests were conducted, and 25,742 vaccine doses were administer­ed on Monday, according to a government spokespers­on.

As of Tuesday, almost two million doses of both the Astrazenec­a and Pfizer vaccines have been administer­ed in the state with 728,000 Victorians now fully vaccinated.

More than 20 per cent of Australian­s are fully vaccinated according to the Federal Government, well below the 80 per cent benchmark at which lockdowns will cease under measures agreed to by National Cabinet, a body comprised of all state premiers, territory leaders and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The Kyabram postcode region 3620 has experience­d a single case of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in early 2020 and the Campaspe Shire region has experience­d 10, data supplied by the Victorian Department of Health shows.

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