Victoria records 246 new cases of COVID-19, 121 linked

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Victoria has recorded 246 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours until midnight on Sunday. Of the 246 new cases, 121 have been linked, meaning 125 are currently classified as mystery cases. There is no further information about the cases currently available. There were 26,955 vaccines administered yesterday, with state well ahead of schedule to achieve the 70 per cent first dose target. There are now 1619 active cases in the state. There remains just one exposure site in Western Victoria, after a positive case attended Australian Catholic University in Ballarat last week. LOCAL NEWS: Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program reaches Northern Grampians The Mair Street campus is listed as a tier two site, with people who attended the university on September 1 between 3.30-6pm to isolate until they return a negative test. Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews has warned Victorians to get vaccinated or get left out once the state hits its vaccine targets. As the state reached 60 per cent first dose coverage on Sunday, the premier emphasised the jab would not only afford Victorians greater protection against COVID-19 but also extra freedoms. “There’s going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Mr Andrews told reporters. READ MORE: The premier last week flagged a vaccine passport pilot program would soon be trialled in venues such as pubs and restaurants in regional Victoria, which could be partly released from lockdown as early as this week. See all the exposure sites here. The Moonee Valley Racing Club is also pushing to host thousands of fully vaccinated spectators as part of a “no jab, no entry” policy for next month’s Cox Plate. “I am certain that there will be a whole range of events once we get to 70 and 80 per cent double dose thresholds … that will be open for vaccinated people only,” Mr Andrews said. With only one of the 89 Victorian COVID patients in hospital fully vaccinated, Mr Andrews described the current outbreak as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. It is also impacting a younger demographic than last year’s second wave, with 91 per cent of the 183 new cases reported on Sunday under the age of 50. Once Victoria reaches 70 per cent first dose coverage, it will trigger minor rule easing including the expansion of the 5km travel radius to 10km and more exercise time. The state was initially forecast to hit the mark on September 23, but is five days ahead of schedule. The Stawell Times-News has removed the paywall from our stories relating to health warnings and safety of the community. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Victoria has recorded 246 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours until midnight on Sunday. Of the 246 new cases, 121 have been linked, meaning 125 are currently classified as mystery cases.

There is no further information about the cases currently available.

There were 26,955 vaccines administered yesterday, with state well ahead of schedule to achieve the 70 per cent first dose target. There are now 1619 active cases in the state.

The Mair Street campus is listed as a tier two site, with people who attended the university on September 1 between 3.30-6pm to isolate until they return a negative test.

Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews has warned Victorians to get vaccinated or get left out once the state hits its vaccine targets.

As the state reached 60 per cent first dose coverage on Sunday, the premier emphasised the jab would not only afford Victorians greater protection against COVID-19 but also extra freedoms.

“There’s going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Mr Andrews told reporters.

The premier last week flagged a vaccine passport pilot program would soon be trialled in venues such as pubs and restaurants in regional Victoria, which could be partly released from lockdown as early as this week.

See all the exposure sites here.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club is also pushing to host thousands of fully vaccinated spectators as part of a “no jab, no entry” policy for next month’s Cox Plate.

“I am certain that there will be a whole range of events once we get to 70 and 80 per cent double dose thresholds … that will be open for vaccinated people only,” Mr Andrews said.

With only one of the 89 Victorian COVID patients in hospital fully vaccinated, Mr Andrews described the current outbreak as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

It is also impacting a younger demographic than last year’s second wave, with 91 per cent of the 183 new cases reported on Sunday under the age of 50.

Once Victoria reaches 70 per cent first dose coverage, it will trigger minor rule easing including the expansion of the 5km travel radius to 10km and more exercise time.

The state was initially forecast to hit the mark on September 23, but is five days ahead of schedule.

The Stawell Times-News has removed the paywall from our stories relating to health warnings and safety of the community. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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