‘Going great guns’: Victoria’s Covid cases continue to fall

Lauren FerriNCA NewsWire
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Victoria recorded 13,091 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths on Sunday, with the chief health officer revealing the State’s Omicron peak has “very likely” passed.

There are 1002 infected people in hospital with 120 in intensive care and 44 on ventilators.

The State has seen yet another drop in cases after 16,016 were recorded on Saturday, following 18,167 on Friday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was quick to respond after the numbers were published on Sunday, saying the State’s booster blitz was “going great guns”.

“Peak in cases very likely behind us,” he wrote.

“ICU cases and deaths haven’t peaked, but will hopefully stabilise soon.”

More than 93 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated, while there are a mammoth 191, 058 active cases.

A total of 32, 435 PCR tests were taken on Saturday and 27,051 vaccines were administered at state hubs.

More than 31 per cent of Victoria’s population above the age of 18 have received their booster vaccination.

“Booster blitz going great guns,” Professor Sutton said.

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Camera IconIce-creams are handed out to people after receiving their vaccinations at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton on Saturday. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Professor Sutton’s comments echoed those of Covid commander Jeroen Weimar on Saturday, who said infections “don’t seem to be going up”.

“The numbers are high, these are high numbers by any standard particularly given the cadence we had last year and the year before,” he said.

“If I look at the NSW numbers they’re on a similar kind of trajectory. We’re in a summer period and there’s a lot of people on holiday, a lot of people not going out and about as much as they otherwise might. Let’s see what happens post-Australia Day.”

Mr Weimar said the state was in a different position compared to the initial peak earlier in January.

Originally published as ‘Going great guns’: Victoria’s Covid cases continue to fall

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