Melbourne celebrates end of lockdown amid concerns about rising Covid cases in young and regional Victorians
Victoria records nine deaths and 1,750 new cases, while Queensland looks into an Uber driver who travelled to the Gold Coast and tested positive
Photograph: Sandra Sanders/ReutersDiners eat outside St Kilda's Rococo restaurant on the second day of eased Covid restrictions in Melbourne. Victoria recorded 1,750 new cases with concerns about an increase in young people catching the virus.Photograph: Sandra Sanders/Reuters
Sat 23 Oct 2021 05.43 BSTAsMelbournecontinues to celebrate opening up, health officials have expressed concern about a growing proportion of Covid cases in young people, particularly in regional Victoria.Victoria recorded nine deaths and 1,750 new local Covid cases in the 24 hours since Melbourne emerged from its sixth lockdown. The new infections were found from 72,858 test results processed on Friday.
But as the state entered its second day of newly relaxed freedoms, the Covid commander, Jeroen Weimar, said Victoria was “not out of the woods yet”.Read moreHe pointed to an increase in young people catching the virus in recent days, while about 14% of the cases recorded on Saturday were from regional Victoria. headtopics.com
In metropolitan Melbourne 29% of all cases recorded were under the age of 19 and in regional Victoria 38% of all cases were under the age of 19.“To all the young Victoriansamongst us, you are particularly vulnerable at this time to running into friends and associates who are Covid-positive,” Weimar said.
“These are our children and students who are clearly very active in the community,” Weimar said.“Although we can continue to enjoy these freedoms, remember there are a lot of people with Covid-19 in our community.”He also said that hospitalisations had stabilised over the past seven days.
“It has been a very welcome trend to see a lower number today – 770 – compared to the numbers we have seen over the last few days,” he said.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morningSign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning
Of the 770 Victorians in hospital with Covid, 144 were in intensive care and 90 on ventilators. As many as 86% of those admitted were not fully vaccinated and 93% of those in ICU were not fully vaccinated.Meanwhile, Queensland recorded another day of zero local cases, as authorities looked into whether any rules were breached when an Uber driver travelled to the Gold Coast from Victoria before testing positive to Covid. headtopics.com
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