Victoria’s Covid Cases Skyrocket As Construction Sector Reopens
Infected students miss GATs
Victoria recorded the nation’s highest day of Covid cases with 1736 new infections on Tuesday.
The grim milestone also marked four lives lost to coronavirus.
It comes as construction sites across the state reopen after a two-week shutdown with capacity limits and with a vaccine mandate for workers.
All on-site workers must now have received at least one covid dose and be fully vaccinated by November 13.
Tradies have also been warned to expect spot checks across Melbourne's construction sites with fines of almost $11,000 for rule breaches, while repeated breaches could result in site shutdowns.
Police will also be highly visible throughout the day after violent protests shut the industry down a fortnight ago over vaccine mandates.
Once site-operators have officially guaranteed that their site complies with industry health directions, a Covid marshal will be placed at every worksite to ensure compliance.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed tens of thousands of construction workers now meet the first-dose requirement and are ready to get back to work.
He said the sector was ready for tools back, having learned a "hard lesson".
Meanwhile, year-12 VCE students are getting ready to sit for the rescheduled General Achievement Test [GAT]
33 VCE students from Covid hotspots were among Monday's cases, after 8000 students were tested leading up to the test.
They will sit for their GAT exams later.
Today's new infections were reported from 62,189 test results processed on Monday.
There are currently 82.3 per cent of eligible Victorians who have received one dose of a Covid vaccine, while 52.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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