Victoria has recorded 190 new local coronavirus cases with the state’s Chief Health Officer warning infections are likely to continue to surge.
Victoria has recorded 190 new local coronavirus cases with the state's Chief Health Officer warning infections are likely to continue to surge.
Of today's new cases, 103 cases are linked to known outbreaks and 87 infections are under investigation.
There were 35,464 vaccine doses administered yesterday and more than 49,500 test results received.
The state has 1297 active local cases of COVID-19.
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Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton warned today's slight dip in COVID-19 cases did not mean numbers were trending in the right direction.
"One day is not a trend," he said.
"We can't say for sure when case numbers will peak.
"The trend over seven-day periods has been incremental increasing and I expect that to happen until we get higher vaccination coverage."
Professor Sutton said cases may have surged due to more incursions of the virus from Sydney that went undetected, insisting "we got our arms around that earlier outbreak".
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Victoria's new COVID-19 cases
The state's 190 new local cases include:
- 96 cases linked to Melbourne's northern suburbs - including 54 infections in Hume and 18 in Moreland
- 55 cases in Melbourne's western suburbs, including 17 infections in Wyndham
- 14 cases in Melbourne's south-east
- 11 cases in Melbourne's inner-south
- Six cases in the City of Melbourne
- Three cases in Melbourne's east
- One case on the Mornington Peninsula
- Four cases in Shepparton
The Acquire call centre outbreak has grown to 24 cases and its source of acquisition remains under investigation.
There are 700 close contacts that have been identified.
While the outbreak at the Box Hill construction site has grown to 58 cases, prompting all sites to close.
Professor Sutton said a positive case had emerged at the Bayview Aged Care Home in Carrum Downs.
He said 62 per cent of staff at the facility had been fully vaccinated and 82 per cent had at least one vaccine dose.
Testing is being conducted at the facility today.
"There is a local GP to vaccinate additional residents and staff in the coming days," Professor Sutton said.
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Business support announced
The Victorian Government has announced a funding package worth $2.34 billion to support struggling businesses.
Industry Support and Recovery Minister Martin Pakula said the support package, provided over four weeks, would assist 175,000 businesses affected by the state's lockdown extension.
"I think that certainty will be welcomed by business and we are certainly very thankful to the Commonwealth for the 50 per cent contribution," he said.
Premier's stern message to unvaccinated Victorians
Premier Daniel Andrews issued a stern warning yesterday to unvaccinated Victorians, revealing they will not be able to enjoy freedoms such as going to restaurants, pubs and sporting matches once the state reopens.
The state's lockdown has been extended to September 23 - the date when 70 per cent of Victorians would have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
"At 70 and more likely 80 per cent double dose, we will have an opportunity to open up parts of the Victorian economy to those who have been vaccinated," he said.
"What will become a bigger part of our response is a lockout of many venues for those who are not vaccinated.
Victorian health officials are due to provide a coronavirus update this morning.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-190-new-local-cases-of-covid19-september-4/d5da35af-c327-4fa0-a64c-32a6107861c7