Victoria records 11 new Covid cases, all in quarantine

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Victoria has had another great result in its daily coronavirus count recording 11 new cases on Sunday, but crucially all of them were in quarantine during their infectious period. 

"The 11 new locally-acquired cases are all linked to the current outbreaks. All were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period," the state's health department said.

The state received 32,385 Covid test results in the same 24-hour reporting period. 

Police look on while protesters take part in a rally in Melbourne on July 24. Source: Getty
Police look on while protesters take part in a rally in Melbourne on July 24. Source: Getty

On Saturday, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state's lockdown was "on track" to be eased at midnight on Tuesday. 

Today's result should affirm that stance.

However there are concerns protests in the city on Saturday could jeopardise the lifting of the lockdown. More than a thousand demonstrators took to the streets to protest the city's fifth lockdown causing concern among health authorities due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant and the lack of mask wearing among protesters. 

Worse scenes were seen in Sydney on Saturday as pressure mounts on the federal government to boost financial support for those forced to stay at home. 

"We can all argue the merits or otherwise of various approaches to managing transmission, but let's not pretend that 'marching for freedom' will actually deliver the precious freedom that we all need and desire," Prof Sutton tweeted in response to the protest.

Protesters are seen in Melbourne on Saturday have raised concerns the event could extend the lockdown. Source: AAP
Protesters are seen in Melbourne on Saturday have raised concerns the event could extend the lockdown. Source: AAP

Victoria recorded 12 new locally acquired cases on Saturday, 10 of them in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period and also all linked to current outbreaks.

As of Saturday, more than 22,000 Victorians were listed as primary close contacts isolating at home, while about 2500 MCG contacts were preparing to be released from 14 days of confinement.

Prof Sutton introduced a new travel designation for NSW late on Friday, making the whole state an "extreme risk zone" backdated to July 9.

This makes it difficult for Victorians in NSW to come home unless they get a rare exemption or have a Specified Worker Permit.

"It's very strict in terms of the movement of people across the border," he said.

with AAP

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