Victoria’s Deadliest Day Hits Amid Probe Into Early Lockdown Exit

1571 new infections


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Victoria recorded its deadliest day of Delta with 13 Covid-related deaths in the last reporting period.

For a third consecutive day the state's daily case total within a week has declined with 1571 new infections reported on Wednesday.

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Despite figure slightly up from the previous record, the new infections were reported from a record breaker for tests, with 79,200 swabs processed in the past 24 hours.

As to whether Victoria will be getting out of lockdown earlier than stipulated in the reopening roadmap, is yet to be decided, with the Premier suggesting he will provide “greater clarity about what next week looks like” by the end of the week.

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Originally projections proposed that 70 per cent of eligible Victorians aged over 16 would be fully vaccinated by October 26, with 80 per cent targets estimated for November 5.

However, because of expediting the time between vaccine doses, the latest data suggests that the state could reach those milestones five days ahead of expectations.

But Chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton refused to budge on Tuesday when questioned as to whether the state would an early exit from lockdown. 

“It is possible that we’re three or four days ahead of that original forecast,” he said.

“But as I’ve said all along, it kind of depends each and every day on those (vaccination) bookings getting fulfilled, and people stepping up and getting that vaccine.”

Prof Sutton did however concede that he was “cautiously optimistic” with the downward trend in Covid cases.

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13 October 2021

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