Live Breaking News: Victoria covid lockdown updates and cases in Melbourne

Live Breaking News: Victoria covid lockdown updates and cases in Melbourne

Victorian authorities are concerned about alarming growth in cases in Melbourne’s suburbs, rising mystery infections and shocking statistics. Follow us live.

Welcome to our live coverage of the Covid eruption in Victoria.

Victorian authorities are concerned about the alarming growth of cases in Melbourne’s western suburbs, the small proportion of cases isolated and a large increase in 26 mysterious infections today.

79 new local infections were discovered overnight – falling just below yesterday’s total. Of the new 79 locally acquired cases, 53 are linked to known outbreaks and 26 are under investigation. It is not yet clear how many of the new cases were isolated.

This means that the total number of cases has decreased slightly, but the number of mysterious cases has doubled from yesterday’s total of 13 cases.

Health Minister Martin Foley then revealed that only 19 of the 79 new cases were isolated. He said interviews are underway with “a number of others” and the number is expected to grow.

Victoria’s head of COVID-19 Jeroen Weimar says he has concerns about the situation in Melbourne’s inner and inner western suburbs. 150 cases have been reported in this area in recent days, including 46 today.

“We believe there are more transmission chains and we are looking at quite a significant societal transfer going on,” he said.

Follow our live coverage below. You can follow our live NSW coverage here.

Live updates

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Health Secretary Greg Hunt is speaking now.

He said that to date, 18.4 million jabs have been delivered in Australia and that 11.5 million people have received their first dose.

“To achieve the 70% mark, we need 14.5 million Australians vaccinated. Another 3 million Australians to get to the first dose of 70%,” he said.

“To achieve the 80% mark, we need about 16.5 million Australians, 16 plus, vaccinated, so it’s less than 5 million to go from where we are, to achieve 80% the first dose mark and of course the second dose. follow it. “

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Victorian head of health Martin Foley repeatedly blamed the Commonwealth in today’s press conference as Victoria’s situation worsens.

He said the lack of Pfizer supply caused major problems, such as the state’s ability to set a date for returning to school.

“The only limitation that holds us back from being able to do that is the issue of security of vaccination supply. As we stated, it shows from 450,000 (agreements) to 9,000 that we have just allocated that Victorians want to be vaccinated, young people Victorians want to be vaccinated, “he said.

“The vaccination for 12-year-olds and over, we want to get them vaccinated. All of these factors are about ensuring that our schools can reopen carefully and safely because Delta finds it unvaccinated.

“This particular outbreak has been disproportionate in younger people, and we need to make sure that when we reopen schools, it happens safely.”

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Victoria’s head of COVID-19 Jeroen Weimar says he has concerns about the situation in Melbourne’s inner and inner western suburbs.

150 cases have been reported in this area in recent days, including 46 today.

“We believe there are more transmission chains and we are looking at quite a significant societal transfer going on,” he said.

He said outbreaks elsewhere are under control, but he had a warning for suburban residents.

“Covid is unforgiving. It will find you. It will find your family,” he said.

“We really encourage the wider community, especially in the western suburbs, to be tested, and if you have symptoms or concerns about access to exposure sites – there are a large number of them.”

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Of those, 15 are connected and six are under investigation. Fourteen isolated themselves during their period of infection.

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It now seems almost certain that Victoria’s lockdown will not be lifted on 2 September.

Foley, however, refuses to rule out the possibility that it will lift.

“We will make all of these decisions based on the most up-to-date advice, and at the moment with another six days to go, it is too early to make that call,” he said.

He warned that even if only a small number of people break the rules, lockdown can be extended due to non-compliance.

“A very, very small number of people are clearly not following the rules, and as a result, all that is doing is extending public health measures,” he said.

He said there were two major factors in the decision.

“By following the public health rules, which on the one hand will vary as outbreaks rise and fall,” he said.

“And get ourselves vaccinated to the highest level we can possibly reach.”

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