Victoria records 1,188 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths

Victoria records 1,188 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths – after Dan Andrews’ controversial pandemic laws pass following weeks of protests

  • Victoria has recorded 1,188 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths
  • Comes after state saw the largest spike in cases in more than a month yesterday
  • The Omicron variant still hasn’t made landfall in the state




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Victoria has recorded 1,188 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths after the number of cases surged to 1,419 yesterday – but the Omicron variant still hasn’t made landfall in the state. 

There are currently 289 people in hospital due to the virus, with 43 active cases in intensive care and 22 on a ventilator.  

There are now 12,913 active cases of Covid-19 across the state. 

The Victorian government says 91 per cent of residents age 12 and up are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Victoria saw the largest spike in daily cases in more than a month after recording 1,419 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday

 The latest figures follow a warning from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners about increasingly abusive behaviour towards Victorian GPs, nurses and receptionists.

RACGP Victoria chair Anita Munoz said she was aware of ‘disturbing incidents of abusive and threatening behaviour’ from people ineligible for an exemption.

The professional body said anti-vaxxer groups had been encouraging people to seek exemptions on grounds that are not listed as exempt by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s expanded guidance.

‘I am very concerned about the level of abuse that general practice teams in Victoria are seeing from people seeking vaccine exemptions when they are not eligible,’ Dr Munoz said.

‘It is a small minority, and most people are doing the right thing. However, we do need to deal with this issue urgently, we can’t simply ignore it.

‘Abusive and threatening behaviour is never okay. We must ensure the safety and wellbeing of our GPs, receptionists, practice nurses and everyone else on the frontline.’

RACGP president Karen Price said only a ‘very small number of people’ were ineligible for a vaccine due to ‘contraindications’.

‘For those people who have a contraindication to one vaccine, other vaccine options are available,’ she said.

‘I encourage people who are concerned about getting the jab to book an appointment to talk to their GP.

‘And, when you are calling your practice or going in for an appointment, please treat your GP and all practice team members with respect.’


What Dan Andrews’ divisive pandemic bill means for you – as it PASSES after marathon debate 

Victorians can be jailed for two years and fined $45,250 for breaching public health orders under premier Daniel Andrew’s controversial pandemic bill.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill passed the upper house by a thin margin of 20 votes to 18 on Thursday.

It comes after weeks of bitter debate and public outrage that prompted several mass protests in Melbourne.

 The bill grants sweeping new powers to the premier and introduces heavy penalties and jail time for Victorians and businesses.

The premier and health minister – rather than the chief health officer – will now have the power to declare a pandemic.

They will also enforce restrictions during a health crisis when Victoria’s state of emergency laws expire in two weeks. 

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