Victoria has recorded 1,073 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths

Victoria has recorded 1,073 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths.

There are now 16,503 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 559 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.

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At the weekend, the health department announced it had removed one previously reported death that was a duplicate.

There are 310 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 45 are in intensive care and 19 are on a ventilator.

A further 45 people were in intensive care, the health department said, but their infections were no longer considered active.

The new cases were detected from 56,337 test results received yesterday.

There were 1,513 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, as well as more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues.

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Vaccines for kids will reduce risk in community: expert

Meanwhile, a leading epidemiologist says vaccinating children as young as five will deliver a big boost in the fight against COVID-19.

Pfizer’s vaccine has been given provisional approval by Australia’s medical regulator, with children aged between 5 and 11 years to receive a dose one-third the amount given to adults.

First doses are expected to begin in January, subject to final advice from the vaccine advisory group ATAGI.

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said the initiative would reduce the number of children being infected. 

“We know, currently, about a third of our active cases are in school-age kids, so it just reduces the risk in that age group,” Professor Bennet said.

“As we roll this out over the summer, we can have that in place before we go into teaching time next year.” 

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