A Victorian child under 10 has become Australia's youngest person to die with Covid-19.
The state reported 1,166 new infections on Saturday as active cases dived to 9,581, down by about 30 per cent from Friday.
Victoria's health department later confirmed the infected child was among five further deaths and had "other serious comorbidities".
Previously, 15-year-old Osama Suduh from southwest Sydney was the youngest known person in Australia to die with the virus.
The teenager from southwest Sydney died in August after contracting pneumococcal meningitis, and while he was also Covid-positive it was not the reason for his hospitalisation or death.
It came as thousands gathered in Melbourne's CBD on Saturday to rally against Victoria's contentious pandemic bill and vaccine mandates.
There are currently 55 patients with active infections in the ICU in Victoria, with 24 on a ventilator.
In NSW, 182 new cases were reported on Saturday, 34 less than the number reported on Friday.
The number of people seriously ill with the virus continues to dwindle in the state, with 191 people hospitalised with the virus, 28 of them in intensive care.
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