Six of Victoria’s 473 new COVID cases in regional areas

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Victoria recorded 473 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as regional exposure sites continue to grow. Of today’s new, locally acquired cases, 91 per cent were recorded in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Just over 200 were linked to known outbreaks – the rest are under active investigation. Of today’s cases: The new figures come off the back of 49,037 test results received and brings the state’s total number of active coronavirus cases to 3507. About 87 per cent of all active cases now under the age of 50 and with 585 of current cases aged 19 or younger, the state government has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone aged 12 years and over. There are 529 active COVID cases under the age of nine, 840 aged in their 20s and 627 in their 30s. There are 157 people in hospital with COVID, 38 of those are in intensive care and 26 are on a ventilator. Of those people, 89 per cent were not vaccinated and 11 per cent had received one dose. The state is now sitting at 66.9 per cent vaccination in those over the age of 16, with 41 per cent of Victorians fully vaccinated. It comes as Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas announced a zero tolerance approach to compliance enforcement and two initiatives for construction workers including priority vaccination access and an enforcement blitz. There will be 20,000 Pfizer appointments released and unlimited access to AstraZeneca to all construction workers. Mr Pallas said the construction industry was in a “very precarious position”. “If the spread of the virus continues, as it is, if the manifestation of the virus as it is being played out continues to emanate, as a vector of transmission of the virus through these workplaces, into their homes and their communities,” he said. “The message here is – this is a very serious state of affairs. The industry are taking it seriously. The industry players are taking it seriously. Now, everyone in the industry, every person employed in the industry, has to take it seriously. Otherwise the permitted worker status of this industry could well be at risk.” While the construction industry remains a major source of transmission, an outbreak among V/Line train drivers has spread to five infections, forcing more than 300 staff into isolation and buses to replace train services. Authorities also remain concerned about continual detections of viral fragments in Ballarat’s wastewater systems, while exposure sites in Daylesford, Geelong and Lorne grow. We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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Six of Victoria’s 473 new COVID cases in regional areas

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Of the new cases, 202 were linked to known outbreaks.

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Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley.

Victoria recorded 473 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as regional exposure sites continue to grow.

Of today’s new, locally acquired cases, 91 per cent were recorded in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Just over 200 were linked to known outbreaks – the rest are under active investigation.

  • 338 cases are in the northern suburbs, in key suburbs such as Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Glenroy.

  • 97 are in western suburbs such as Truganina, Altona North, and Tarneit.

  • 23 are in south-eastern suburbs including in Casey, Kardinia, Dandenong, Berwick and Clayton.

  • Nine in eastern suburbs, including Doncaster East and Ferntree Gully.

  • Six in regional Victoria, including three in Mildura and three in Geelong.

The new figures come off the back of 49,037 test results received and brings the state’s total number of active coronavirus cases to 3507.

About 87 per cent of all active cases now under the age of 50 and with 585 of current cases aged 19 or younger, the state government has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone aged 12 years and over.

There are 529 active COVID cases under the age of nine, 840 aged in their 20s and 627 in their 30s.

There are 157 people in hospital with COVID, 38 of those are in intensive care and 26 are on a ventilator. Of those people, 89 per cent were not vaccinated and 11 per cent had received one dose.

The state is now sitting at 66.9 per cent vaccination in those over the age of 16, with 41 per cent of Victorians fully vaccinated.

It comes as Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas announced a zero tolerance approach to compliance enforcement and two initiatives for construction workers including priority vaccination access and an enforcement blitz.

There will be 20,000 Pfizer appointments released and unlimited access to AstraZeneca to all construction workers.

Mr Pallas said the construction industry was in a “very precarious position”.

“If the spread of the virus continues, as it is, if the manifestation of the virus as it is being played out continues to emanate, as a vector of transmission of the virus through these workplaces, into their homes and their communities,” he said.

“The message here is – this is a very serious state of affairs. The industry are taking it seriously. The industry players are taking it seriously. Now, everyone in the industry, every person employed in the industry, has to take it seriously. Otherwise the permitted worker status of this industry could well be at risk.”

While the construction industry remains a major source of transmission, an outbreak among V/Line train drivers has spread to five infections, forcing more than 300 staff into isolation and buses to replace train services.

Authorities also remain concerned about continual detections of viral fragments in Ballarat’s wastewater systems, while exposure sites in Daylesford, Geelong and Lorne grow.

We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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