Shepparton News

Victoria’s most daily cases

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MELBOURNE: Victoria has recorded 950 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.

It is the state’s highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 867 cases on Tuesday.

The new infections bring the number of active cases in the state to 9890.

More informatio­n was to be provided on the seven deaths later yesterday. It brings the toll from the current outbreak to 36.

There were 61,322 coronaviru­s tests processed and 34,028 vaccine doses administer­ed at state-run hubs on Tuesday.

It comes as the Latrobe Valley region has been plunged into a seven-day lockdown to curb a growing COVID-19 outbreak believed to be linked to a household gathering.

Residents in the City of Latrobe, which encompasse­s the Gippsland towns of Moe, Morwell and Traralgon, entered lockdown at 11.59 pm on Tuesday. They were notified via a press release about 6.30 pm.

They are now living under the same restrictio­ns as those in Melbourne, with the exception of curfew.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the illegal social gathering, held over the AFL grand final weekend, was ‘‘regrettabl­e’’.

There are at least 18 active COVID-19 cases in the region.

Almost 79 per cent of Victorians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 48 per cent are fully vaccinated.

A modest easing of rules came into effect yesterday including extending metropolit­an Melbourne’s travel limit to 15 km and the resumption of contactles­s sports such as tennis and golf.

In regional Victoria patron caps in venues will increase from 20 to 30, while masks will also not be required for some beauty services like facials and beard trimming.

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.

● For exposure sites visit www.coronaviru­s.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

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