Covid Victoria: Cases dip after horror day as 11 more people die

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Victoria has recorded more than 1000 Covid-19 cases for the seventh day in a row and 11 more deaths.

The health department announced the state recorded 1420 new Covid-19 infections up to midnight on Tuesday. There are now 14,410 active cases in the state.

In the 24 hours to midnight, the state administered 36,542 vaccine doses.

Victoria continues to see daily case numbers in the thousands. Source: AAP
Victoria continues to see daily case numbers in the thousands. Source: AAP

On Tuesday, Victoria set Australia's record for highest daily Covid cases, with 1763 new infections.

The state also recorded four Covid deaths on Tuesday — two men in their 80s and 60s from Whittlesea and Whitehorse, and two women in their 70s and 80s from Hume and Banyule.

There are now 68 deaths associated with the current outbreak.

School students test positive after GAT

According to the ABC, at least four students who sat the state’s General Achievement Test (GAT) have tested positive for Covid-19 in Melbourne's north and west.

A state government spokesperson confirmed to the ABC public health investigations were ongoing and schools will close for cleaning.

"The Department of Health will work with the Department of Education and Training and individual schools to ensure that the public health risks are minimised while quarantining as few students as possible," the statement said.

Some 85,000 students sat the test in-person on Tuesday, while 30 students tested positive over the weekend and were given exemptions.

Seven cases linked to protests

There are now seven infections linked to the protest outside the CFMEU headquarters on September 20.

The protest was was against mandatory vaccinations and other restrictions within the construction industry and demonstrators threw bottles at union officials and smashed the office door.

Victorian CFMEU boss John Setka said union officials are reviewing footage of the demonstration to identify members, saying members will have to answer for their actions.

Construction workers clashed with unionists at a protest at Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) headquarters in Melbourne. Source: AAP
Protesters clashed with unionists at a protest at Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) headquarters in Melbourne. Source: AAP

"In some of the cases, in some of the footage that I've seen, they'll probably be expelled from the union," Nine's Today on Wednesday.

"We're not going to tolerate behaviour like that. Not against union members' property ... and then on top of that starting a superspreader, I mean it's just absolutely unforgivable."

The construction industry in Melbourne and other locked-down areas restarted on Tuesday, with workers required to have had their first jab and strict conditions such as workforce caps and on-site Covid marshals.

More to come.

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