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About 677 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, of which 133 receive intensive care and 94 on ventilators.

With supplies of Commonwealth mRNA vaccines “increasingly secured” and with high uptake of the vaccine among young Victorians, Health Minister Martin Foley announced that over 60s would now be able to access Pfizer and Moderna vaccines through government centers.

“This change, which is now in effect, has been made possible by the relative security we now have for Moderna and Pfizer and the extraordinary number of young people who have emerged over the last three and a half weeks,” Foley said. to journalists in Melbourne.

“Victoria is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most vaccinated jurisdictions.”

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Foley said vaccination centers will also make walk-ins a permanent part of the program, as the start seems to close in on 70 and 80 percent double-dose milestones. Achieving these goals will trigger a relaxation of the restrictions for fully vaccinated.

The state government also launched a new vaccination campaign ahead of the reopening period through the summer.

Residents are reminded that vaccination is their ticket to enjoying life after the lockdown, including dining, live sports, traveling and connecting with the family again.

“If you are not vaccinated, these freedoms do not apply to you in the same way that they will do to the Victorians who have been vaccinated,” Foley warned.

He refused to be pulled on when unvaccinated Victorians wanted access to the vaccinated economy.

Areas of concern

The Victorian Deputy Minister for COVID-19 Health Response, Naomi Bromley, said 22 percent of Monday’s new cases were registered in patients over 50 years of age.

“It’s been rising slowly in recent days, it’s worrying because we know COVID can have a devastating effect on older Victorians,” she said.

Fifty-eight percent of yesterday’s admissions were over 50 years old.

About 459 cases, 29 percent of the daily count, were recorded in Melbourne’s southeast, where the City of Casey recorded 174 infections – the highest in a local government area.

“We have been expressing concern about the south – east suburbs for a few weeks now that we have upgraded the vaccination capacity in the areas,” Mrs Bromley said.

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About 499 new cases were registered in the north of the city, but health officials say they see a stabilization in areas like Hume, which reported 199 infections.

“The dramatic increase in vaccination rates in the area has gone a long way in helping us bend the infection curve in this area,” Ms Bromley explained.

In the Victoria region, 122 new cases were reported with 60 cases in Latrobe and 36 new infections in Mildura.

The city in the northwest of Victoria, which is now closed, has a total of 290 active cases.

On Sunday, 16,000 tests were conducted in Mildura, where close to 80 percent of the city’s population has been tested over the past two days.

Vaccination trials begin

As of Monday, 15 regional venues are participating in a trial in which companies will try to control double vaccinations.

The system will be scaled up to allow double-vaccinated Victorians to attend the Melbourne Cup and live music within weeks, with plans to open up the economy when the state reaches an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target for eligible people, expected around 5 November.

Around 10,000 racing fans will be able to take part in the Melbourne Cup on 2 November, while Oaks Day and Stakes Day will be allowed crowds of the same size if the state reaches its 80 per cent double dose threshold.

Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday 3 November 2020. (AAP Image / Racing Photos, Pat Scala) NO FILING, EDITORIAL ONLY

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Martin Foley defended the decision to stage the race in front of a significant crowd, possibly before schools are allowed to welcome students back.

“Ten thousand Victorians as part of the trial of the vaccinated economy program, [they] will be there to watch the race stop a nation and in this case start Victoria’s recovery, “he told reporters.

“It is about one tenth of the total capacity of this plant. So let’s all keep it in perspective here, it’s a safe, sustainable reopening that ensures that our important events, our great iconic events, can move forward and demonstrate to the world that we can safely and carefully reopen. ”

Foley said 70,000 Victorians had attached their vaccination certificates through the new Service Victoria App.

He also confirmed that discussions were under way with the Prime Minister of New South Wales on a possible easing of the boundaries of intergovernmental borders.

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