Victoria COVID-19 cases rise as state registers 1,656 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

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“So more than a third [of cases are] now in the under 20s, ”he said.

“Essentially in this under-vaccinated – but now rapidly increasing vaccine coverage – the 12 to 17-year-old population, but also those who are not yet eligible for the under-12 vaccine. “

About 37% of current cases were under the age of 20, he added.

COVID-19 hospitalizations on a “stable trend”
Public health officials believe Victoria has peaked in COVID-19 cases at the moment, but more hospitalizations are likely after opening.

“We’re on a somewhat stable trend at the moment, but it could pick up,” Professor Sutton said. “So far we have reached the top. I think as we open we will have more and more cases, which will bring a few more people to the hospital and a few more people to intensive care. “

Melbourne to remove more COVID-19 restrictions

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday evening, travel will be permitted between the Victoria regional region and the Melbourne metropolis, with masks no longer required outdoors.

Gyms, indoor entertainment and retail businesses will be able to open for the first time in three months.

Most indoor environments, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers, will be subject to a limit of one person per 4 m² as long as staff and clients are fully immunized.

Paul Guerra, president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Friday would be a “champagne day” for business, but more work needed to be done to bring office workers back to the CBD , as well as international students. in the state.

“We’ve been waiting for this for 20 months, but ultimately all businesses in the state can not only open, but we believe they can all do business in a sustainable way,” he said.

The children will return to school full time from Monday.

The latest Level 1 exposure sites identified by the Victoria area health authorities include restaurants, an appliance and furniture store, and a laser clinic.

Harvey Norman in Mildura, in the far northwest of the state, was declared a Level 1 site for eight different days between Friday October 15 and Tuesday October 26.

In Moe in the Latrobe Valley, Indulge Yourself Beauty Therapy Spa and Laser Clinic has been listed as a close contact site for three days starting Wednesday, October 20, while Turfside Bar and Grill at Moe Racing Club has been listed as a level 1 Saturday October. 23.

The Italian restaurant D’Amicos in Wangaratta has also been listed as a Level 1 site, as has BOUNCEinc in Geelong.

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Victorian hospitals are buckling under pressure from the coronavirus, with the Department of Health’s latest annual report showing nearly every part of the healthcare system is failing to meet key performance targets, costing taxpayers and risking lives.

Only 68 percent of emergency patients were treated on time (much less than the department’s target of 80 percent) while only 54 percent of emergency mental health patients were admitted to a bed within eight hours. required (also worse than the 80 percent). cent target).

“Frankly it’s going to get worse before it gets better and we have staff who are severely exhausted,” said Australian Medical Association president Roderick McRae. “The situation is very likely to deteriorate before it improves. “

With Cassandra Morgan, Farrah Tomazine and Melissa Cunningham

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