Covid Victoria: Another big spike as pressure mounts for roadmap

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Victoria has reported a further 392 locally acquired Covid-19 cases as pressure mounts on Premier Daniel Andrews to reveal the state's roadmap out of lockdown.

Of the latest cases, 107 are linked to previous known infections at this stage, the Department of Health said.

It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 3112.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a change to restrictions later on Tuesday. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a change to restrictions later on Tuesday. Source: Getty

The state's Delta outbreak has accelerated in the past week, with daily cases jumping by more than 100 to a new record of 450 on Saturday.

The latest outbreak has led to a total of four deaths.

Melbourne's northern and western suburbs continue to drive the outbreak, Covid chief Jeroen Weimar said.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley on Saturday said the current outbreak was concentrated in the young and unvaccinated, with most of the state's active cases under the age of 40.

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Train chaos as drivers forced to isolate

It comes as all of Victoria's regional train services have been suspended on Sunday after more than 180 drivers and operational staff were placed in isolation following four positive coronavirus tests among workers.

"Out of an abundance of caution we are suspending all trains on Sunday to limit the spread and to keep everyone safe," the Department of Transport said in a statement late on Saturday evening.

"Replacing trains with coaches will allow for services to continue to operate, give passengers certainty for Monday and help contain the outbreak."

Coaches will operate to an hourly frequency across most lines and not the scheduled Sunday train timetable.

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