Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Regions register 122 new cases as Moderna, Pfizer age limits increase


New case numbers fall to record highs over the weekend.

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2021-10-11T09: 40: 00 + 11: 00

A COVID-19 tester in Bendigo.  Photo: DARREN HOWE

A COVID-19 tester in Bendigo. Photo: DARREN HOWE

REGIONAL Victoria had 122 new COVID-19 cases, and health workers are concerned that about a quarter of them were found in the Mildura area.

Non-metropolitan areas accounted for eight percent of the new cases, said COVID Response Minister Naomi Bromley.

She did not go into detail about any cases in central Victoria, but mentioned the “concerning” 36 cases found in locked Mildura.

“Yesterday, 1,600 tests were performed in Mildura over a two-day period,” she said.

“Eight percent of the population has been tested, which is a fantastic effort, and our thanks to the local community and also the local providers have done a great job in increasing these testing speeds.”

Other regional areas with high new case numbers include Baw Baw with 18, Latrobe with 16 and Shepparton with 15.

Ms Bromley said 22 per cent of the latest cases nationwide were in people over the age of 50 and that health professionals had noticed a slow increase in recent days.

“This is obviously worrying because we know COVID and have a devastating impact on older Victorians,” she said.

“This is demonstrated by the fact that the 58 percent of yesterday’s admissions were over 50.”

Mrs Bromley said the best way to protect against serious COVID-19 disease was to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

VICTORIA has expanded its Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to people over the age of 60 at its state-run clinics.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the move came after the “extraordinary” introduction of vaccines by people aged 12 to 16 and new assurances about dose supplies.

“So essentially, now that we’re pushing towards 70 and 80% double dose and beyond, it’s time to throw the doors open,” he said.

The changes are now in effect.

The government is also launching a new public relations campaign across radio, print and online to capture the sentiment that “Victorians want to get back to the things we love, the things we strive for again after 20 months of hard work”, Said Mr. Foley.

HIGH: The number of coronaviruses continues to rise.  Photo: NONI HYETT / SHUTTERSTOCK

HIGH: The number of coronaviruses continues to rise. Photo: NONI HYETT / SHUTTERSTOCK

VICTORIA registered 1,612 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours until 8pm last night.

It marks the second day in a row with declining numbers of new cases from record-breaking 1965 in a period covering last Friday.

That number dropped to 1890 the following day.

Unfortunately, another eight deaths were recorded in the figures revealed this morning.

A total of 19,012 people across the state currently have COVID-19.

About 34,279 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday along with over 73,138 tests.

On Sunday, Bendigo Health said it was treating two people for COVID-19.

One is in the respiratory ward and one in the respiratory emergency department.

The health service also monitors a further nine patients at home through the Hospital in the Home program.

On the outskirts of central Victoria, Woodend Primary School was declared a Level 1 display site late Sunday night.

A person with the virus participated on Tuesday between 8:45 – 16:00 and then again at the same time on Wednesday.

Greater Bendigo, Pyrenees and Buloke shires are among six regional locations selected for the trials, which will allow more fully vaccinated people to safely attend venues and events.

Bendigo Art Gallery director Jessica Bridgfoot said the vaccine economy was a positive step forward.

She said the gallery would begin launching trial terms from Tuesday, October 12th.

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said there has been a “significant ongoing growth” in case numbers in the regions.

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