Covid Victoria: Cases jump to new outbreak record

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Victoria has reported 567 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases as the state's roadmap out of lockdown faces ongoing scrutiny after it was announced on Sunday.

The Department of Health said on Monday one person who had Covid-19 had died.

Monday's case number is the highest seen in the most recent outbreak and there are now 5675 active cases in the state.

Premier Daniel Andrews admitted the roadmap was a "cautious" approach, with business groups saying it is not enough.

Premier Daniel Andrews released the state's roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews released the state's roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday. Source: Getty

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra heavily criticised the announcement which will see significant restrictions in place until 70 per cent of the state is double vaxxed, a target that is over a month away, projections suggest.

"Victorian businesses wanted a pathway to prosperity, but instead we got a roadmap with roadblocks," he said.

The Doherty Institute, which the federal government worked with to shape its roadmap guidelines, reiterated Australia's southeast will be hit with tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases even once Victoria and NSW hit 70 per cent of its eligible population double vaxxed.

Victoria recorded 507 new Covid infections on Sunday and one death, with Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and the Mitchell Shire going into lockdown on Sunday night.

On Saturday, protestors in Melbourne clashed with police, ahead of the roadmap being unveiled.

More to come.

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