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Younger people taking too long to get tested are causing COVID-19 to spread in Victoria, officials say, with 80 new cases today.

Younger people taking too long to get tested have been attributed to COVID-19 spreading in Victoria after the state recorded 80 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Only 39 cases were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period while 13 cases are not linked to known outbreaks.

There are 600 active cases across Victoria, with 36 people in hospital, including 11 in intensive care.

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A P-plater gets his coronavirus vaccine at the drive-in hub at Werribee.

A total of 56,248 test results were received yesterday.

Premier Daniel Andrews said a number of the new cases announced today had waited too long to get tested.

“Regrettably, some of today's positive cases did wait before they got tested,” he said.

“That meant they were in the community. They were out there unknowingly infecting other people and often the people that they love the most.”

Mr Andrews said young people were the main culprits for waiting too long to get tested for COVID-19 while infected.

“There are, in this outbreak, some younger people who are waiting too long to get tested,” he said.

“We've seen many different people, but I have to say that the bias tends towards a younger group.

“It's a fact.”

Mr Andrews said Victorians could trust restrictions would bring case numbers down, with a clear message for those not obeying the rules.

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People queuing up at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre vaccine hub yesterday.

"The common-sense message is, these rules will work, these numbers will come down and continue to come down, if people follow these rules," he said.

"Don't, for heaven's sake, as some have, wait eight days and literally infect anybody you come near.

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"Don't act in a selfish and irresponsible way.

"Millions of Victorians are following the rules, and I just reiterate to those that aren't, you don't get to choose for the rest of us, you don't have that right.

"You need to do the right thing and you need to follow these rules."

Today's case breakdown

Of the 80 cases recorded in Victoria today:

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The normally packed Brighton Beach in Melbourne lies empty.

COVID Commander Jeroen Weimar said health authorities remained concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne's west.

"We still have 85 cases, 85 active cases in the Altona North and Newport area, so widespread chains  of transmission across the community there."

Vaccinations

Victoria recorded its highest daily number of vaccinations in state clinics yesterday, with 33,932 people vaccinated.

Mr Andrews said 200,000 bookings for vaccination appointments were made yesterday on the first day 16- to 39-year-olds became eligible for Pfizer in the state.

Following numerous complaints from Victorians waiting to make bookings, yesterday Acting COVID Commander Naomi Bromley said the system was managing extraordinary demand.

"We thank everyone for their enthusiasm and patience, and if you can't successfully make a booking, please try again later today or tomorrow," she said.

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VCE students declared a priority for vaccinations

Mental Health and Education Minister James Merlino yesterday said he was particularly concerned about Year 12 students in their final months of school, announcing they would be a priority for vaccinations.

"The priority for us is to make sure that all final year students have received their vaccination before they start sitting their exams on 4 October," he said.

"That is our priority.

"Whether that is through the many state vaccination hubs we have got across Victoria, whether it is through GPs or whether it is through GPs or whether it is through participating pharmacies."

ATAGI is now looking to approve the Pfizer vaccine for use in children between 12 and 15.

Meanwhile, ADF personnel have been sent to the town of Shepparton in a bid to contain the outbreak there.

At least a third of the town is in mandatory 14-day isolation after potentially being exposed to the virus.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-latest-case-numbers-august-26/47940e4c-9fea-4ba9-bafb-b6d143d632a8

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