Spike in Covid deaths as Victoria reports 1534 cases

·News Reporter
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Victoria's daily Covid-19 cases continue to be well below its Delta peak of nearly two weeks ago, but the state has seen a spike in deaths from the virus.  

The Department of Health announced a further 1534 known locally acquired infections on Wednesday and 13 more deaths – a considerable spike from the four announced on Tuesday.

The outbreak's death toll stands at 247 with Wednesday's death toll the second highest of the outbreak.

It is the third day in a row where cases have been around the 1500 mark, about 800 less than the peak of 2297 on October 14. There are 24,164 active infections.

Premier Daniel Andrews has hailed the surging vaccination rates in his state. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews has hailed the surging vaccination rates in his state. Source: Getty

There are 748 people in hospital, with the seven-day average at 784. Of those, 138 are in intensive care with 87 on a ventilator.

There were 83,210 tests processed and 24,180 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at state-run hubs on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the state hit 75 per cent of people aged 16 and above receiving two vaccine doses with a further easing of restrictions now expected earlier than initially predicted.

Victoria's QR check-in app has now been updated to notify people whether they've visited an exposure site.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the move would allow people to isolate quicker, offering greater protection to the community.

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