Victoria records 51,356 COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

Victoria has reported 51,356 new COVID-19 cases, as health authorities begin counting positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results in daily case numbers.

Of the new cases, 26,428 were detected from rapid tests and 24,928 were detected from PCR tests.

In a statement, the Department of Health said the results included positive tests from throughout the week that were unable to be reported online until yesterday.

“Most people who reported a positive rapid antigen test got that result earlier in the week, and reported it when the webform opened yesterday. The number of people who actually received their positive rapid antigen test result yesterday was 5,923,” the department said in a tweet.

The state recorded nine deaths in 24 hours, taking the total death toll for the current outbreak to 752.

There are 644 Victorians with COVID-19 in hospital and 106 patients with active and cleared infections are in ICU, including 24 patients on ventilators.

Health authorities processed 89,518 PCR tests yesterday, with 83,990 cases now active across the state.

The true number of infections is much higher, with one in 50 Victorians estimated to be currently infected with the virus.

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Around 15 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and older have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There were 20,776 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, and more vaccinations at GP clinics and other venues.

Health authorities remain confident the vaccination rollout for children aged 5 to 11 will commence on Monday, despite supply issues at some regional Victorian medical centres. 

More to come.