Victoria records just 12 new local COVID-19 cases

Victoria recorded 12 new virus cases- ten in quarantine, and all but dismissed sending extra jabs to Sydney.

24/07/2021 6:01:00 PM

All of Victoria's latest cases are of the Delta strain, and all have been linked to the NSW outbreak, according to Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley. 9News

Victoria recorded 12 new virus cases- ten in quarantine, and all but dismissed sending extra jabs to Sydney.

overnight, as residents wait anxiously to find out whether the state's lockdown will be extended.The number is a drop on yesterday and all 12 are linked to current outbreaks, with 10 of those in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.

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More than 39,000 tests were conducted and 19,000 vaccines administered.READ MORE:"All Delta and all linked to the NSW incursion," Victoria Health Minister Martin Foley said."We had 10 cases in hospital, three in ICU with one on ventilation.

"Overall, we are pleased to see an encouraging trend down in case numbers, and certainly not an increase."Mr Foley said that the number of people active in the community while infectious is also "trending down".READ MORE:Victoria Health Minister Martin Foley

(9News)He said it was however too early to tell whether the lockdown will end as planned on Tuesday."(It is) too early to call yet as to what might be the position come Tuesday night," he said."As I indicated, 10 of the 12 community cases were in isolation during their entire infectious period, the two cases who were out in the community were only active for less than a day, with only a small number of retail sites being listed for a result."

Of today's 12 new community cases, five are linked to the AAMI Park outbreak.One is a social contact of a previously identified case that attended the game and four are household contacts of a previously announced case.READ MORE:Three are linked to Miss Franky's, one is a patron who visited the venue on July 15, and two are household contacts of a staff member.

Two are linked to the Burnley apartment complex.One is linked to Bacchus Marsh Grammar, a student, and one is a household contact related to one of the generations attached to the Young & Jackson's case.No cases have been detected that are linked to the Prahran Markets, as was a major concern yesterday.

There are now more than 22,700 close contacts linked to the current outbreak.Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he is "not taking any chances" with the Delta strain and that's why he declared all of NSW an "extreme red zone from 9pm last night".

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Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton(9News)"We are not taking any chances with this Delta variant that has come from NSW," he said."That's why we have changed the Victorian travel permit system to account for the greater risks posed. I declared NSW in total as an extreme risk zone from 9pm last night, it's backdated 14 days from July 9.

"Victorian residents returning from a red zone who have been in an extreme risk zone in the last 14 days can only enter Victoria with an exemption or another valid permit such as a specified worker permit."Mr Sutton said sending vaccine doses from Victoria to NSW is "something worth considering".

"It is potentially looking to...try and put the brakes on further transmission, either beyond the area where it (an outbreak) is geographically concentrated or to slow it down over time."If that saves thousands of people from infection and many people from dying even if it doesn't have an immediate effect it is something worth considering."

"We need to protect Victorians both from potential incursion, but also all the future risks that will continue to challenge us through to the end of the year."Having high vaccination coverage in Victoria is the way to do that, primarily."

Mr Foley stopped short of suggesting Victoria should send vaccine supplies to NSW but said that if there is found to be unallocated doses in the national stockpile, he wouldn't "have any difficulty" in those being prioritised to Greater Sydney.

"The Commonwealth of Australia's greatest need at the moment is clearly the situation in NSW," he said."If there is unallocated stock by all means, provided it is not coming at the expense of any state or territory. I'm sure we all support that.

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"All of our allocation is allocated."I don't think NSW or any other state or territory would expect us to, because they are allocated. That would mean cancelling appointments, that would mean taking arrangements off GPs." Read more: Nine News Australia »

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