Victoria records 514 new cases as Ballarat waits for daily update

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Victoria has recorded 514 new local COVID-19 cases, as Ballarat re-enters the harsh lockdown for a record eighth time. Of the 514 new cases, 148 have been linked, meaning 366 are currently classed as mystery cases. There have also been no deaths recorded. There were 41,758 vaccinations administered and 61,961 tests received on Tuesday. Details and locations of the cases will be revealed later today, with the daily press conference normally held about midday. It is expected that Ballarat’s case numbers will continue to grow. IN OTHER NEWS: As of yesterday there were four active cases in Ballarat, but that number will likely climb today. The exposure sites are also continuing to grow, to now include a number of hospitality venues, retail stores, a school and construction sites. More vaccines have been promised to the city, with thousands of extra doses promised on Wednesday. See where all the exposure sites are here. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the planned seven-day lockdown would give Ballarat “the best chance of opening up again in the shortest time possible”. In stark contrast, the city of Shepparton to Melbourne’s north has come out of lockdown after a local outbreak of the Delta variant was brought under control. Professor Sutton said modelling indicated the state’s outbreak had not peaked and daily infections could rise to 1000. “We have to press on with vaccinations at the fastest possible rate,” Prof Sutton said. With 68.3 per cent of eligible Victorians vaccinated, Mr Andrews said the state was on track to hit 70 per cent on Thursday. See the location of all the active cases here. The government has pledged to give Melburnians more freedoms, including an extra hour of exercise and an expanded travel limit, once 70 per cent of those eligible have received their first dose. This was initially forecast to happen on September 23, but the state’s soaring vaccination rate has brought the date forward. Mr Andrews foreshadowed some rules might be relaxed as early as Thursday night but also raised the prospect they could be “rolled into” Sunday’s roadmap announcement, which will outline the state’s restrictions through to November. Meanwhile, public transport to and from Melbourne’s CBD will be suspended for six hours on Saturday to thwart an anti-lockdown protest. 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 514 new local COVID-19 cases, as Ballarat re-enters the harsh lockdown for a record eighth time.

Of the 514 new cases, 148 have been linked, meaning 366 are currently classed as mystery cases.

There have also been no deaths recorded.

There were 41,758 vaccinations administered and 61,961 tests received on Tuesday.

Details and locations of the cases will be revealed later today, with the daily press conference normally held about midday.

It is expected that Ballarat’s case numbers will continue to grow.

As of yesterday there were four active cases in Ballarat, but that number will likely climb today.

The exposure sites are also continuing to grow, to now include a number of hospitality venues, retail stores, a school and construction sites.

More vaccines have been promised to the city, with thousands of extra doses promised on Wednesday.

See where all the exposure sites are here.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the planned seven-day lockdown would give Ballarat “the best chance of opening up again in the shortest time possible”.

In stark contrast, the city of Shepparton to Melbourne’s north has come out of lockdown after a local outbreak of the Delta variant was brought under control.

Professor Sutton said modelling indicated the state’s outbreak had not peaked and daily infections could rise to 1000.

“We have to press on with vaccinations at the fastest possible rate,” Prof Sutton said.

With 68.3 per cent of eligible Victorians vaccinated, Mr Andrews said the state was on track to hit 70 per cent on Thursday.

See the location of all the active cases here.

The government has pledged to give Melburnians more freedoms, including an extra hour of exercise and an expanded travel limit, once 70 per cent of those eligible have received their first dose.

This was initially forecast to happen on September 23, but the state’s soaring vaccination rate has brought the date forward.

Mr Andrews foreshadowed some rules might be relaxed as early as Thursday night but also raised the prospect they could be “rolled into” Sunday’s roadmap announcement, which will outline the state’s restrictions through to November.

Meanwhile, public transport to and from Melbourne’s CBD will be suspended for six hours on Saturday to thwart an anti-lockdown protest.

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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