Victoria records 514 new local COVID-19 cases as Ballarat re-enters lockdown

16/09/2021 2:38:00 AM

Melburnians are also hours away from finding out if the 70 per cent first-dose target has been reached, allowing for a modest easing of restrictions.

Victorians are hours away from finding out if the 70 per cent first-dose vaccine target has been reached to allow a modest easing of COVID-19 restrictions as the state records 514 new local cases and Ballarat residents enter their first day of a snap lo...

Melburnians are also hours away from finding out if the 70 per cent first-dose target has been reached, allowing for a modest easing of restrictions.

learn more here.2021-09-15T00:00:00+00:00 The figures come as residents of one regional Victorian town have joined Melburnians in lockdown, as locals of another are released after snuffing out a COVID-19 outbreak.But chief health officer Brett Sutton has warned infections will keep rising as the virus spreads rapidly through the north and western suburbs of Melbourne.Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as regional communities in the state transition in and out of lockdown.

Advertisement Victorians are hours away from finding out if the 70 per cent first-dose vaccine target has been reached to allow a modest easing of COVID-19 restrictions even as the state records 514 new local cases and Ballarat residents enter their first day of a snap lockdown.The daily coronavirus case tally is a record for the current, expanding Delta outbreak.Testing is being ramped up in Ballarat to combat the cluster, while thousands of additional vaccine doses will also be sent to the Victorian gold rush town.Of the new cases, 148 have been linked to known clusters, meaning more than 350 cases remain a mystery.Another 366 mystery infections were also revealed on Thursday, with only 148 of the new cases linked to existing outbreaks.Ballarat starts its seven-day lockdown today.Read More New pop-up mental health clinics to open across Melbourne and regional Victoria In stark contrast, the city of Shepparton to Melbourne's north has come out of lockdown after a local outbreak of the Delta variant was brought under control.Credit: Penny Stephens The Department of Health said 41,758 vaccines were administered in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday, while 61,961 test results were returned -a 12 per cent increase in the number of tests reported the previous day.While the state government has earmarked modest easing of restrictions after the target has been reached, the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says it would be "reckless" to reopen the state at that stage.

There are now 4,370 active cases in the state."We have to press on with vaccinations at the fastest possible rate," Professor Sutton said.Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Crosling The health department did not say how many cases were in isolation during their infectious period.The figures come as The Alfred’s emergency and trauma centre was listed as a tier 1 exposure site, with the hospital saying it impacts the waiting area only, and as the state inched closer to reaching its 70 per cent first-dose vaccine target one week ahead of schedule.With the state just 1.3 per cent of eligible Victorians vaccinated, Mr Andrews said the state was on track to hit 70 per cent on Thursday.7 per cent shy of the target set by government, and surpassing the goal of 1 million jabs within five weeks on Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews was hopeful the 70 per cent first-dose goal would be reached on Thursday.“The risk of it getting to 1000 is real.“We should hit 70 tomorrow,” Mr Andrews told Wednesday’s COVID-19 press conference.This was initially forecast to happen on 23 September, but the state's soaring vaccination rate has brought the date forward.Shepparton restrictions ease as Ballarat re-enters lockdown The Greater Shepparton area left lockdown at 11:59pm on Wednesday, just as Ballarat entered its seven day snap lockdwon.

Advertisement Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s public-health team met senior ministers on Wednesday night to discuss potential changes, expected to be announced on Thursday.The modest changes being considered included extending restrictions on movement from five to 10 kilometres from home, an increase to the two-hour time limit on exercise and reopening outdoor gyms and skate parks.Meanwhile, public transport to and from Melbourne's CBD will be suspended for six hours on Saturday to thwart an anti-lockdown protest.More than 19,200 primary close contacts remain in isolation in Victoria.Mr Andrews said he was considering “social interaction” - in other words, small outdoor gatherings - as well.The Premier also said he may wait until Sunday to implement some changes when he plans to reveal the state’s long-term road map out of lockdown.Professor Sutton said on Wednesday - before more than 500 new cases were announced - that Melbourne’s case numbers seemed to have stabilised in the past few days, but the “risk of it getting to 1000 [per day] is real”.“We know this will be disappointing for the Ballarat community, but we’d rather get on top of these cases open up again as quickly as possible, than let cases get out of control in the area,” Premier Daniel Andrews said when he announced Ballarat's lockdown on Wednesday.

The last time Victoria recorded more than 500 cases was during the second wave last July.The figures come as Ballarat began the first day of a week-long snap lockdown on Thursday after the city of about 100,000 recorded four cases and wastewater detection, with more expected in coming days.Exposure sites list grows to include Alfred’s emergency centre The Alfred’s emergency and trauma centre was listed as a tier 1 exposure site overnight, as was a construction site and an early learning centre attached to a junior school in Ballarat.Though the health department has listed the entire ward, hospital officials say only the waiting area is impacted.A construction site in Cerberus Lane in Canadian, a suburb of Ballarat, was listed as a tier one exposure site on Wednesday night, after a case attended the worksite on September 10 from 6.

50am to 5.30pm.Premier Daniel Andrews, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar on Wednesday.Credit: Eddie Jim Clarendon College’s Early Learning Centre is also a tier 1 exposure site on September 10, from 8.15am to 9am.

But The Ballarat Courier is reporting anyone who attended the Mair Street campus, including the junior school, at any time last Friday is now subject to a 48-hour “stop and stay” directive, meaning they must go home immediately and get tested after a child tested positive.“Given the speed with which the Delta variant is moving from person to person, anyone associated with the school, and their household, is asked to quarantine for 48 hours in the first instance,”.

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This is what '1984' warned us all about. Freedom of the masses is being controlled by a handful of individuals in power. How many are following the restrictions 😂 who cares what the case number are how many deaths from people without medical conditions. Gov never cared about your health before Nothing will change now will it? The race for 70%. has been for nothing. The usual situation here in Victoria.

GladysB Should reduce to 2km

Victoria reports 514 new COVID-19 cases as regional city of Ballarat enters lockdownThe Victorian towns of Ballarat and Shepparton have traded places in COVID lockdown, as the state prepares to hit 70 per cent first dose vaccination coverage. Yes. We broke 500. Next up 1k,I'm looking at you Poor Victoria, get new leadership at next election ? SBS We need it to spread!

Victoria records 514 new local Covid-19 casesBREAKING: Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Thursday as officials brace for infections to keep rising. You locked down hard in the beginning of the virus DanielAndrewsMP and you were successful in flattening the curve. But you are now following New South Wales lead and it's not working. Get back to what you know best! auspol

Victoria records 514 new COVID casesContact tracers have linked 148 of the new cases to existing outbreaks. Victoria is on the cusp of hitting its 70 per cent first-dose vaccination target, when a few small easings of restrictions are expected. Well when you ban people from being outdoors they'll simply gather indoors creating a super spreader event. Huge failures by the andrews government. Lockdowns no longer work,when will we all wake up? I can't wait until Dan and his clan gives us an extra 5km to travel. We can all drive to another infected supermarket! Yippee! Bugger

Victoria reports 514 new COVID-19 cases as regional city of Ballarat enters lockdownThe Victorian towns of Ballarat and Shepparton have traded places in COVID lockdown, as the state prepares to hit 70 per cent first dose vaccination coverage. Yes. We broke 500. Next up 1k,I'm looking at you Poor Victoria, get new leadership at next election ? SBS We need it to spread!

Victoria records 514 new local Covid-19 casesBREAKING: Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Thursday as officials brace for infections to keep rising. You locked down hard in the beginning of the virus DanielAndrewsMP and you were successful in flattening the curve. But you are now following New South Wales lead and it's not working. Get back to what you know best! auspol

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