Covid Victoria: Cases hold steady as $5000 fines dished out

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Victoria has recorded 221 new local cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. 

Encouragingly, daily cases appear to be holding steady in recent days after a swift jump into the 200s last week. 

Today's case number comes after Victoria recorded back-to-back days of 246 cases to start the week.

"Of the 221 local cases, 98 have so far been linked to known cases and outbreaks, the state's Health Department said this morning. 

Officials are no longer providing information on how many new cases were infectious in the community. 

Police speak to a woman enjoying the unusually warm spring weather at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne earlier this month. Source: Getty
Police speak to a woman enjoying the unusually warm spring weather at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne earlier this month. Source: Getty

During the same 24-hour reporting period, 36,716 vaccine doses were administered in the state as premier Daniel Andrews lashed the federal government for giving disproportionately more vaccines to NSW. 

The 221 cases came from 42,429 test results. 

Worshippers to be fined after gathering at synagogue

Up to 100 worshippers who gathered near a synagogue in Melbourne's southeast in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules will be fined by police.

People were spotted entering a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Victoria Police stand guard outside of building near a Ripponlea synagogue in Melbourne on Tuesday night after an illegal gathering. Source: Getty
Victoria Police stand guard outside of building near a Ripponlea synagogue in Melbourne on Tuesday night after an illegal gathering. Source: Getty

In the afternoon, officers surrounded both front and back entrances of the building, where an Orthodox Jewish group was believed to be congregating upstairs.

The stand-off ended just after 8pm, with several people filing outside and a group of traditionally dressed worshippers became aggressive.

"All adults who attended will be issued with a $5452 fine. A number of children who were present will not be fined," a Victoria Police spokesman said in a statement.

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