Victoria records 5,919 COVID-19 cases, seven deaths and 428 hospitalizations

Victoria has registered 5,919 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as the number of hospital admissions increases.

This is the fourth day in a row that the state has reported record-breaking daily case increases, after 5,137 cases on Thursday.

Hospital admissions have risen from 395 on Thursday to 428 today, but are still below the state’s previous peak of 851 in October.

The number of admissions includes 54 patients in the intensive care unit, with 21 patients in the ventilator.

The health department said another 43 patients were in the intensive care unit, but their infections were no longer considered active.

There are now 28,044 active cases of the virus and 703 people have died in the current outbreak.

It marks the highest number of active cases in Victoria since the pandemic began.

The new cases were discovered from 66,774 test results recorded yesterday as test sites continue to face high demand.

Several outdoor test sites are likely to close over the next few days as a heat wave sweeps over the state.

3,798 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites yesterday, as well as several vaccinations at general practitioners’ clinics and elsewhere.

More on the way.

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