Victoria's daily Covid cases plateau ahead of expected surge

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Victoria’s deadly Delta outbreak has claimed another seven lives as daily case numbers appear to plateau.

The state recorded 1268 new locally acquired infections on Saturday with the health department confirming there are currently 16,662 active cases.

It is slight drop from the 1343 cases recorded on Friday, sparking hopes the downward trend might continue despite dire warnings of a surge in December.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Friday, September 3, 2021. Source: AAP
Victoria has recorded 1268 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and seven more people have died. Source: AAP

The Victorian government will spend $307 million to free up capacity across the state’s struggling health system, with the number of Covid-19 patients predicted to rise over the coming weeks.

Health Minister Martin Foley has warned "the worst is yet to come" for the state's hospital and ambulance workers, as they brace for a predicted spike in cases in December and January.

"That's why we've prepared early to create as much capacity in the health system as possible," he told reporters on Friday.

There are currently 651 Victorians being treated for the virus in hospital, of whom 106 are in intensive care including 70 on a ventilator.

The health department is under pressure to release the total number of patients in ICU after it was revealed only infectious patients are being reported in the daily virus numbers.

Punters on alert ahead of ‘safe’ Stakes Day

The latest figures come as Stakes Day heads to the starting gate in Melbourne, after two COVID-19 cases were linked to Tuesday's racing.

The Victoria Racing Club confirmed on Friday a contractor and patron who were at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day have tested positive for coronavirus.

Both cases are fully vaccinated and not linked to each other.

The affected venues have been deep-cleaned and will be ready for Saturday's Stakes Day, where a crowd of up to 10,000 are expected to gather for the final day of the carnival.

Mr Foley said the cases showed Victoria's vaccinated economy system was working and punters should be confident Saturday's meeting will be "safe".

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