Victoria records 950 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as some restrictions ease slightly

Victoria has recorded 950 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths.

The deaths of seven people with COVID-19 is the worst day for fatalities of the current outbreak, and brings the number of deaths from the third wave to 38.

The 950 new infections is the highest number ever recorded in a single day in the state.

It is in line with projections for soaring infection rates and hospitalisations over the next month, with a peak expected in late October.

The number of people getting seriously ill is then hoped to drop once there is broader vaccination coverage across the state, when authorities’ focus will move away from daily case counts.

The new infections were detected from 61,322 test results processed on Tuesday. It brings the number of active cases in the state to 9,890 — another record high.

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There were 34,028 vaccines administered at state-run sites yesterday, with the total number including GPs and pharmacies to be confirmed later today.

It was expected the state would yesterday hit a target of having 80 per cent of the 16+ population protected with at least one dose of a vaccine. Nearly half of that cohort has had both doses.

As a result, there has been a mild easing of restrictions across the state, with the travel radius in locked-down Melbourne and Mitchell Shire increasing from 10 kilometres to 15km and the reopening of tennis and golf.

The City of Latrobe in Gippsland has been suddenly moved to the same settings, after a snap seven-day lockdown was called late yesterday in response to a growing number of cases across at least three towns.

The rest of regional Victoria will be allowed to have slightly more people in hospitality venues, and masks can be removed for beauty and hairdressing services if required.

More to come.

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