Victoria records 76 new local COVID-19 cases as state awaits lockdown announcement

Victoria records 76 new local COVID-19 cases as state awaits lockdown announcement

Victoria recorded 76 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Monday.

Forty-five infections have been linked to previously announced cases, while the source of the others is still under investigation.

Thirty-six of the cases were isolated during their entire infectious period.

During the same reporting period, approximately 32,162 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run hubs.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he would reveal the thresholds the state must meet on Wednesday to ease lockdown restrictions.

“We must aim to keep these numbers incredibly low,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.

“If we can get to zero, that’s a great outcome.”

“If we can’t, then we’re all the better for trying to keep these numbers as low as possible.”

He said Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and the state government would work all day to finalize the plan, giving Victorians clarity on what the coming weeks could look like.

But Andrews warned that tomorrow “will not be a freedom day” and any easing of restrictions will be gradual.

“The choice is not between being open and closed,” he said.

“The choice is between low numbers as we race to vaccinate, or incredibly high numbers because we haven’t vaccinated enough people yet.”

“None of us should be kidding ourselves into pretending we can live with COVID when we’ve only vaccinated 35 percent of people.”

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews addresses the media at a press conference in Melbourne, Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

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The number of exposure locations in Victoria has risen to over 1,000, with nearly 150 new locations added to the list in the past day.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital also increased.

Fifty-two Victorians were in hospital on Tuesday, 16 of whom were in intensive care, 15 of whom were on a ventilator.

The median age of COVID-19 patients in Victoria’s hospitals is 49 years, while the median age of those in intensive care is 48 years.

More than half of the COVID-19 patients at the state hospital are under the age of 50.

“This is an outbreak and it’s going to be an unvaccinated pandemic,” Andrews said.

“There are very few people in the hospital who have been dosed first or fully vaccinated.”

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