Victoria’s Case Drop Amid Concerns Over New Pandemic Laws

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Victoria's Covid numbers dip with 1003 new infections on Wednesday and sadly, 14 lives lost.

The state currently has 15,031 active coronavirus cases, as hospitalisation numbers continue to fall with 471 people in hospital, with 84 of those in ICU and 46 on ventilators.

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The new cases were detected from a massive 71,601 swabs collected on Tuesday, while 10,778 vaccine doses were administered at state run hubs and many more at GP clinics and pharmacies.

Currently 84 per cent of eligible people aged over 12 have been fully vaccinated.

Meantime, the national broadcaster has reported that the Victorian Bar on Tuesday urged the state government to press pause on the controversial new pandemic laws amid escalating concerns.

The main contention from more than 2,200 Victorian barristers is the "extraordinarily broad" authority the minister is granted in the bill and the pandemic declaration timelines.

The Bar are also concerned over human rights and responsibilities being breached, along with discriminations, "such as age, gender, disability or pregnancy". 

"The Victorian Bar is particularly concerned about the inclusion of an express power to make pandemic orders that apply to a person by reference to their political belief, industrial activity or personal association with others," the group said.

It comes as 100 protesters rallied outside Parliament House on Tuesday evening chanting "kill the bill", "sack Dan Andrews" and "free Victoria".

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9 November 2021

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