Victoria's cases spike as Melbourne claims unwanted Covid title

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Victoria has recorded 1,377 new Covid cases as Melbourne claims the unenviable title of the world's most locked down city.

Sadly, four more people have died from the virus.

In the past 24 hours, 30,985 vaccines were administered and 67,789 test results received, Victoria Health announced on Monday.

For the fifth day in a row, the state has recorded four figure infections.

The state saw 1,220 new locally-acquired cases and three deaths on Sunday. There are now 12,711 active infections across Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne. Source: AAP
Sadly, four more people have died from the virus. Source: AAP

The spike in Covid cases comes as the state capital on Monday chalked up 246 days living under stay-at-home orders across six lockdowns, surpassing the record set by the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

Premier Daniel Andrews says he is proud of the sacrifices Melburnians have made over the pandemic and is calling on them to make a final push before lockdown ends in coming weeks.

"We are going to get past this. We are going to end this lockdown and open up, and all that we will enjoy then will be a result of all that we have given," he said on Sunday.

Victoria is forecast to hit 70 per cent vaccination coverage on or around October 26, triggering the end of lockdown. Further restrictions will be eased at 80 per cent.

Mr Andrews is hopeful the reduction of the second dose Pfizer interval in state-run clinics from six to three weeks from Monday will speed up meeting those targets.

With AAP

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