Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the events send an important signal of change in the coming months.

“We are going to normalize this virus, we are going to move through this difficult gateway, we are opening up and we are coming back and doing what we do best,” he told reporters Sunday.

The events are part of a large-scale study of how the state’s economy will function when it reaches 80 percent vaccination thresholds.

On Sunday, Victoria added 1,890 COVID-19 infections to its caseload and five more deaths over the past 24 hours.

Expectations were that the state would be the first to exceed 2,000 reported cases in a single day after a record 1,965 infections on Saturday along with five deaths.

Victoria handles more than 18,340 active cases.

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Nearly 40,000 vaccines were administered across the state on Saturday, while 74,105 tests were performed.

Meanwhile, tracing efforts across the state have been reduced to focusing on positive cases and primary contacts.

About 16,000 secondary contacts will be allowed to leave solitary confinement this weekend as authorities change their processes to manage the escalating case numbers.

Primary contacts are asked to isolate themselves away from the rest of their household, and secondary contacts are encouraged to be tested if they show symptoms.

Vaccination rates continue to rise in Victoria. As of Friday night, 85 percent of those over 16 had a dose, and 57 percent were fully vaccinated.

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Residents of Mildura are again closed to contain growing cases of dozens of active infections in the area.

Health officials in three states are on alert after a Victorian flight attendant worked on return flights from Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle while being contagious from 4 to 6 October.

Asked Saturday if the state would reach 3,000 cases a day by the end of October, Health Department Deputy Secretary Kate Matson told reporters: “At this point, we are on the right track in terms of hospitalizations and case numbers.”

She said the Burnet Institute was working on new modeling given the high case numbers that would be released later in the week.

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