Victoria registers 1,166 new local COVID-19 cases and five deaths

Victoria has registered 1,166 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths as the state enters its first weekend with new relaxed restrictions.

There are now 9,581 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 453 people have died during the state’s current Delta outbreak.

There are 312 people in the hospital with COVID-19, of which 55 in intensive care and 24 in respirator.

The health department says a further 59 people are on intensive care, but their infections are no longer considered active.

89 percent of Victorians over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated, with 6,920 vaccine doses administered at state-run clinics yesterday.

Quarantine scrap for vaccinated students and athletes

The Victorian government has confirmed that international students arriving in Melbourne under the new Student Arrivals Plan will not be quarantined if fully vaccinated.

To enter Victoria without quarantine, international arrivals must comply with government testing requirements, including testing negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure.

Although vaccination is not mandatory for international arrivals, proof of vaccination is required to attend most university campuses in the state.

The first cohort of international students is scheduled to arrive in December, while the rest are expected to return in early 2022.

A Silk Air plane on the tarmac of Darwin with students walking from tables down steel stairs.
International students in need of urgent practical work are expected to return to Victoria next month.(ABC News: Felicity James)

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula announced today that tennis players competing in the Australian Open next year will also not have to undergo hotel quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.

All participants including players, officials and family must be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

“Victorians can not wait to return to Melbourne Park for the Open and it will be a milestone in the return of a calendar of major events that supports thousands of jobs and promotes our name internationally,” said Pakula.

Victoria rolled back restrictions on major events after approaching its 90 percent double vaccination target.

Events with fewer than 30,000 participants can go ahead for the fully vaccinated and do not need to submit a COVID-safe plan.

Major events with more than 30,000 participants, such as the Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open. will not be subject to presence or tightness ceilings, but must submit a COVID-safe plan for approval.

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