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Victoria marks highest ever COVID-19 tally with 950 new cases

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Victoria has recorded its highest ever daily COVID-19 tally with 950 coronavirus cases reported overnight and another seven deaths.

Victoria has recorded its highest ever daily COVID-19 tally in the past 24 hours, with 950 local coronavirus cases reported and a further seven deaths.

The state's daily COVID-19 figure is higher than New South Wales' case numbers today, where 863 new infections were recorded.

The grim daily record comes as Victorians have woken to some restrictions having been slightly eased.

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Melburnians can now travel 15km and play golf and regional Victorian hospitality venues can host 30 patrons.

The state's seven COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours include two women in their 80s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 50s - all from the Hume region in Melbourne's north.

A woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s from the Whittlesea region also died.

Victoria now has 9890 active cases, including 371 in hospital, with 81 in intensive care and 55 on a ventilator.

There were 61,322 test results received and 34,028 vaccine doses administered.

Victoria's new COVID-19 cases were detected in the following regions:

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City of Latrobe lockdown

A city in regional Victoria has woken to its first morning under a newly imposed lockdown after four new cases of coronavirus were detected.

Latrobe in Gippsland is now in a seven-day lockdown after health officials and the government made the decision at 6.30pm yesterday.

Health Minister Martin Foley said there was "no choice" but for the Latrobe Valley region in regional Victoria to enter lockdown following an uptick of COVID-19 cases.

Mr Foley said the health advice was "to act and to act quickly".

"If you've got any symptoms in the Latrobe community, or indeed, you've been advised you're a close contact, please come forward and get tested."

Vaccination sites are now operating with extended hours in the region.

All 22 coronavirus cases in the Latrobe Valley are connected to an illegal gathering over the AFL grand final weekend.

Mr Foley said the cases had spread across 19 households and the gathering was held on Saturday night.

Victoria is also updating the way it conducts contact tracing.

Kate Matson from the Department of Health has advised that people in areas with high case numbers would receive a text message confirming a positive result and a number of questions.

A shorter phone call will then follow based on the answers.

Meanwhile, for residents in metropolitan Melbourne and other regional areas, this morning marks a slight return to normal as 80 per cent of residents aged 16 are expected to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by today.

From 11.59pm yesterday a number of rules were relaxed.

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In metropolitan Melbourne and in regional areas that are locked down, outdoor recreational activities, such as boating, tennis, golf will be allowed.

The travel limit for exercise and shopping will also increase from 10 kilometres to 15 kilometres.

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Picnic and park goers are seen at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia

Outdoor personal training for up to five people will also be allowed if all participants and the trainer are fully vaccinated.

Restrictions around playgrounds will also be lifted.

In regional Victoria, the outdoor venue cap will increase from 20 to 30 and there will be some changes in hair and beauty and personal care.

But heavy rain is forecast over the coming days, putting a dampener on plans for those wanting to take advantage of the relaxed recreation rules.

Hospital system under strain

Victoria's hospital system is coming under immense strain as the state's COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

Ambulances have been forced to ramp or queue at Melbourne's Northern Hospital amid a surge in people presenting to the emergency department.

There were up to 17 ambulances either waiting in the street or queued up in the hospital's emergency bays this morning, with about a dozen yesterday.

Calls to Triple Zero surged to a five-year high this week.

The Northern Hospital in a statement said there were 362 patients seen in emergency yesterday, after a record number on Monday night.

"We need to carefully screen patients for COVID-19, which means it is taking longer for us to receive patients into the Emergency Department," a spokesperson said.

"The hospital is very busy as a streaming hospital - with three COVID Wards plus our ICU.

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"Currently, we have 65 COVID patients in the hospital.

"We work really well with Ambulance Victoria on providing patients with the care they need.

"We ask our community to continue to work with us by keeping our Emergency Department for emergencies only.

"Many people attending do not require emergency care."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-latest-covid-19-case-numbers-september-29-restrictions-ease-in-victoria-as-latrobe-begins-lockdown/c38774d3-fc50-4304-8b1d-e3d54f32358d

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