Victoria: new Covid-19 cases in 1890, five deaths

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The state of Victoria in Australia has recorded 1890 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19.

Five more people were killed, bringing the total death toll for the current outbreak to 85.

The total number of active cases in the state now stands at 18,342, with 74,105 Victorians tested for the coronavirus yesterday.

More than 85 percent of Victorians have now received at least one Covid-19 vaccine jab, with more than 57 percent fully vaccinated, thanks to state-run sites that administered 39,861 doses of the vaccine.

It comes as health officials acknowledged reports that some Victorian GPs were providing medical exemptions from the Covid-19 vaccine to their patients.

“I have heard those reports. There are very specific reasons for exemptions under the CHO directions, and they relate to specific contraindications to the vaccine,” deputy health secretary Kate Matson said.

Legitimate reasons for exemptions being granted were rare, Matson said, and granting an unnecessary exemption was considered a breach of public health orders.

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“The penalties are well outlined in the CHO directions and in the public health and well-being act.”

NSW reports 477 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths

New South Wales has recorded the lowest daily number of locally acquired Covid-19 cases in nearly two months.

The state recorded 477 new Covid-19 infections and six death in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

It’s the lowest daily number of new Covid-19 cases since NSW recorded 452 on 17 August.

The state now has 90.1 percent of people aged over 16 who have received a first dose Covid-19 vaccine, and 72.8 percent are fully vaccinated.

Of the six people who died, two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, and three in their 70s.

Five were not vaccinated and one had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

There have been 431 Covid-19-related deaths in NSW since the Delta outbreak began in June and 487 in total since the start of the pandemic.

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There are currently 794 Covid-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 159 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

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