Victoria records hundreds of mystery Covid cases, more deaths

·News Reporter
·2-min read
  • Victoria records 445 new cases, more deaths

  • Outbreak at Melbourne school investigated

  • Two pregnant women in ICU

Victoria has reported two deaths and 445 new cases of community-transmitted coronavirus.

Numbers are slightly down from Monday's total. The state's health department said 129 are linked to known cases and outbreaks.

There are now 3,799 active cases in Victoria. The state recorded 473 new cases on Monday.

A woman arrives at a vaccination centre in Melbourne during the city's sixth lockdown as it battles an outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus.
People in Melbourne arrive at a vaccination centre. Source: Getty Images

Health Minister Martin Foley said of all active cases in the state, 87 per cent of them are people aged under 50 years old.

"This continues to be a pandemic of the young and the unvaccinated, with 87 per cent of all active cases now under the age of 50," he said.

Outbreak at Melbourne school investigated

Authorities are investigating the outbreak at Fitzroy Community School in Fitzroy North.

The Department of Health on Monday night said 29 students and staff had contracted the virus, while there were 82 close contacts associated with the outbreak.

There are about 60 students enrolled at the school, which describes itself as an "independent, alternative primary school".

Only children of permitted workers and those who are vulnerable are currently allowed to attend school in Melbourne, but the school had been inviting all parents to send their children to class.

The school has been closed for deep cleaning, and it is believed the school will not reopen until all staff complete their 14-day quarantine.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Source: AAP

Two pregnant women in ICU with Covid

Monash Health, which operates a network of public hospitals, says it's currently caring for six pregnant women with Covid-19.

Four are in a dedicated Covid-19 maternity ward and two are in ICU.

None are fully vaccinated, but one has had one dose.

"We urge all pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and women trying to get pregnant to get vaccinated as soon as possible," Monash Health said in a statement.

"It is the best protection for them and their baby."

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