Victoria's Covid cases continue to plummet as vaccine target hit

·News Reporter
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Victoria's daily Covid cases have dropped significantly again on Sunday as the state hits its 80 per cent double dose target.

Victoria reported just 1,036 locally acquired infections, its lowest daily total since September 29 when 950 cases were reported.

Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a change to restrictions later on Tuesday. Source: Getty
Premier Daniel Andrews has previously hailed Victorians for their vaccine push. Source: Getty

Victoria's Delta outbreak peaked on October 14 with 2297 cases.

The Department of Health confirmed 12 more deaths taking the Delta outbreak's death toll to 305.

As predicted, Victoria reached 80 per cent of eligible residents aged 16 and above with two vaccine doses.

It comes as NSW reported just 177 new local cases – the first time its daily total has dipped under 200 in nearly three months.

More than 700 Victorian virus patients remain in hospital, 128 of them in intensive care and 80 of them receiving ventilation.

Health officials say almost 57,000 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the state in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, while 22,369 vaccine doses were administered at state-run clinics.

Halloween warning for trick-or-treaters

Trick-or-treaters are meanwhile being urged to stay outdoors and keep their distance to make sure Halloween doesn't lead to a COVID-19 nightmare.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton wants parents along with children in costume planning to go house to house collecting lollies on Sunday to stick to the rules, especially since those under 12 aren't yet eligible for a vaccine.

It is recommended trick-or-treaters stay outside and keep their distance, homes only offer individually wrapped lollies and parents encourage kids to clean their hands with sanitiser.

Any Halloween parties in homes cannot have more than 10 visitors, in line with the state's current gathering restrictions.

With AAP

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