Coronavirus Australia: Victoria records 1461 COVID-19 cases, seven deaths
Victoria has recorded 1461 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as unvaccinated residents have been warned they could be locked out of venues until 2023.
The health department confirmed on Monday the state is managing just less than 25,000 active cases.
There are 802 people in hospital, keeping the seven-day average at 793. Of those, 152 are in intensive care and 92 on a ventilator.
The latest deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 230.
There were 56,905 tests processed and 27,859 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs on Sunday.
About 74 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated.
The latest figures come after the Victorian government announced almost all COVID-19 restrictions will end next month once 90 per cent of the 12-plus population are fully vaccinated.
At that point, all venue caps and density quotients will be scrapped along with mandatory indoor mask rules except in high-risk or low-vaccinated settings such as hospitals and schools.
Limits on home and outdoor gatherings will be shelved, while double-dose vaccination entry requirements expand to patrons of non-essential retail stores.
Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the lockout of unvaccinated Victorians from basic services could last “for the entirety of 2022”.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not getting in,” he told reporters on Sunday.
With Victoria set to hit its 80 per cent full vaccination target sometime next weekend, restrictions will ease further and align across the state from 6pm on Friday.
The ban on travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped, reconnecting the state for the first time since the city’s 77-day lockdown lifted.
Masks will no longer need to be worn outdoors, entertainment venues, gyms and retail stores can reopen indoors for fully vaccinated patrons, and capacity limits will increase for restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Students from every year level across the state also return to classrooms full- time on November 1, four days ahead of schedule, before Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup public holiday.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the easing of restrictions was too slow and not in line with national cabinet’s plan.
“What the government says applies at 90 per cent should apply at 80 per cent,“ he said.
NSW ADDS 294 COVID-19 CASES, FOUR DEATHS
More than 500 people have died from COVID-19 in the latest NSW outbreak, with the state recording 294 new locally acquired cases and four deaths as all student year groups return to face-to-face learning.
There have been 502 COVID-related deaths in NSW since the latest wave began on June 16.
Now 93 per cent of people 16 and over have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 84.8 per cent of adults are fully jabbed.
There are 474 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, 116 of them in intensive care.
In the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm on Sunday there were 59,612 tests.
Kindergarten, year one and year 12 students went back to school in NSW last week and the remaining students have returned to classrooms on Monday.
Non-urgent elective surgery will also resume at public and private hospitals within Greater Sydney on Monday after being cancelled in August to stop hospitals from being overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases soared.
Overnight elective surgery will be capped at 75 per cent in public and private facilities but private facilities can exceed the cap if they are providing surgery for public patients.
There are no restrictions in regional hospitals providing overnight non-urgent elective surgery.
Jury trials will also resume in the District Court with COVID-19 safety precautions including a requirement for jurors to be fully vaccinated and practise social distancing.
Premier Dominic Perrottet admits there will be challenges as 810,000 students get back to school but is “very confident” it will go well.
“We’ve had a number of schools close but the alternative is to keep all schools closed,” Mr Perrottet said on Sunday.
“We’re not doing that.”
On Sunday night, NSW Education announced 16 schools were closed for cleaning and contact tracing after positive COVID-19 tests in their communities.
Asked about reports up to 160 schools throughout NSW had staffing issues as students returned, Mr Perrottet said he was aware there would be some shortages.
“There will always be teachers and people across our state who just decide not to get vaccinated,” he said.
“That’s their choice. We believe it’s a bad choice but ultimately that success rate of 95 per cent has helped us get our kids back in the classroom.”
All teachers are required to be fully vaccinated and vaccines are recommended for students 12 and older.
Masks are compulsory for teachers and high school students and are strongly recommended for primary school students.
STATE-BY-STATE CASE BREAKDOWN
NSW - 294 new local cases, four deaths
VIC - 1461 new local cases, seven deaths
ACT - TBA
QLD - TBA
WA - TBA
NT - TBA
SA - TBA
TAS - TBA
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