Victoria's Covid outbreak worsens as new cases spike to almost 500

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Victoria has seen its worst day of its current coronavirus outbreak after it recording 473 new cases of Covid-19.

The health department said on Monday of the new community-acquired cases, only 202 are linked to known outbreaks.

The state recorded 392 cases of community transmitted Covid-19 on Sunday and 450 on Saturday, which was previously the daily record. There are 3,507 active cases in Victoria currently.

People enjoy shopping in the Bridge Mall on September 10, 2021 in Ballarat, Australia.
Residents in Ballarat enjoy shopping in the Bridge Mall. Source: Getty Images

Renowned UNSW epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws told Nine numbers are heading "skyward" and the state will likely hit 1,000 daily cases by the end of the month.

Most of regional Victoria except Greater Shepparton emerged from lockdown on Friday, with retail and hospitality allowed to reopen under strict rules.

Shepparton is expected to be released from its lockdown next week, while people in Melbourne are awaiting the release of the state government's roadmap.

Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged the state government will release a comprehensive roadmap out of lockdown "in about a week's time", based upon modelling from the Burnett Institute.

A plan to return students to classrooms, including upgrading ventilation in schools and staggered entry times, will form part of the plan.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to reporters at a press conference on Sunday. Source: AAP

It comes as authorities investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne school, with The Age reporting its principal repeatedly flouted lockdown rules by inviting parents to send their children.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dan O'Brien said the outbreak at the Fitzroy Community School in North Fitzroy had grown to at least 30 cases involving students and staff.

Schools and COVID-hit areas are preparing to welcome a series of pop-up vaccination hubs to boost coverage rates, with the program to begin over the next two weeks.

From Monday, children aged 12 to 15 became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine in the state.

More to come.

with AAP

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