Victoria records 1220 new cases, three deaths

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VICTORIA has recorded 1220 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to midnight, a decrease on the all-time high of 1488 the day before. Health workers are now grappling with an outbreak that sits at 11,785 active cases. They have also marked the death of three people. Another 71,275 people were tested yesterday and 36,248 received a vaccination. This comes after a case was found in Stawell on Friday, October 1. Stawell Regional Health announced their drive-through COVID testing clinic has opened in Stawell. A case was also found in Ararat with multiple exposure sites. IN OTHER NEWS: Separately, protesters again took to the streets of Melbourne and were met with a heavy police presence. Officers were seen tackling at least one protester to the ground, before a group dispersed. The state’s police force has confirmed 109 people were arrested for various offences and 108 penalty notices for breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions were issued. “Victoria Police will continue to have a highly visible presence to maintain public safety, and to ensure any protest activity that breaches the CHO directions does not impact on the broader community’s right to go about their daily lives,” the force said in a statement. The state government also announced it will spend $196.6 million in grants on construction payments including in regional areas like Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and the Mitchell Shire. But treasurer Tim Pallas says his government is “very, very unhappy” with his federal counterparts for breaking with their practice of co-funding the business support package. “After all, these are in large measure small business operators who have been impacted because of lockdown orders,” he said. “And I do make the point that this is despite the fact that the Commonwealth funded a similar program to support construction businesses in New South Wales.” – With AAP 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 1220 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to midnight, a decrease on the all-time high of 1488 the day before.

Health workers are now grappling with an outbreak that sits at 11,785 active cases.

They have also marked the death of three people.

Another 71,275 people were tested yesterday and 36,248 received a vaccination.

Stawell Regional Health announced their drive-through COVID testing clinic has opened in Stawell.

Separately, protesters again took to the streets of Melbourne and were met with a heavy police presence.

Officers were seen tackling at least one protester to the ground, before a group dispersed.

The state’s police force has confirmed 109 people were arrested for various offences and 108 penalty notices for breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions were issued.

“Victoria Police will continue to have a highly visible presence to maintain public safety, and to ensure any protest activity that breaches the CHO directions does not impact on the broader community’s right to go about their daily lives,” the force said in a statement.

The state government also announced it will spend $196.6 million in grants on construction payments including in regional areas like Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and the Mitchell Shire.

But treasurer Tim Pallas says his government is “very, very unhappy” with his federal counterparts for breaking with their practice of co-funding the business support package.

“After all, these are in large measure small business operators who have been impacted because of lockdown orders,” he said.

“And I do make the point that this is despite the fact that the Commonwealth funded a similar program to support construction businesses in New South Wales.”

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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