Victoria records 1,656 new cases of Covid and 10 deaths from virus as NSW sees 268 infections

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Victoria records 1,656 new Covid cases and 10 deaths as major restrictions ease to 80% of state’s fully vaxxed brand – as NSW sees 268 infections

  • Victoria has registered 1,656 new locally acquired Covid cases in the past 24 hours
  • The death toll from the state’s latest outbreak is now 282; there are 23,730 active cases
  • NSW recorded 268 new infections and two deaths from the virus overnight










Victoria has recorded 1,656 new locally acquired Covid cases and 10 deaths from the virus, as the state prepares to ease further restrictions.

The Victoria Department of Health confirmed the figures on Friday, which bring the total number of active cases in the state to 23,730 and the death toll from Delta’s latest outbreak to 282.

NSW meanwhile recorded 268 new infections and two deaths overnight.

Punters are seen having fun in St Kilda on October 22. Victoria recorded 1,656 new locally acquired Covid cases and 10 deaths from the virus overnight

There are 738 people hospitalized in Victoria – compared to 363 in NSW – with a seven-day average of 773.

Among them, 130 are in intensive care, 85 of whom are on a ventilator.

On Thursday, 70,180 tests were processed and 20,361 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered in state-run centers.

About 78 percent of Victorians over the age of 16 are now fully immunized.

The state is expected to meet its 80% vaccination target this weekend, but restrictions will loosen at 6 p.m. Friday anyway.

At that point, the border between Melbourne and the regions will lower, masks will no longer need to be worn outdoors, indoor entertainment venues, gyms and retail businesses will be able to reopen for women. fully vaccinated customers, and capacity limits will increase for restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Outdoor events, including weddings and funerals, will accommodate 500 fully immunized people, while outdoor community sport can resume.

With greater capacity and allowed intra-state travel, tourism-hungry regional operators are bracing for a busy weekend.

Victoria will hit her 80% vaccination target this weekend, but restrictions will ease at 6 p.m. Friday anyway.  In the photo, residents had their nails done in St Kilda last Friday as the state emerged from lockdown

Victoria will hit her 80% vaccination target this weekend, but restrictions will ease at 6 p.m. Friday anyway. In the photo, residents had their nails done in St Kilda last Friday as the state emerged from lockdown

Bells Beach Brewing co-owner Adam Smith expects his Torquay and Geelong locations to be full and says a group of around 30 people from Melbourne are making the trip.

“It will be almost like a meeting of tears on Saturday when they enter,” he said.

Traffic is expected to be heavy from Melbourne on Friday afternoon.

Police say they will exercise some discretion if people decide to leave town before 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Victoria is also tightening medical exemption rules for Covid-19 vaccinations from 6 p.m. Friday, as part of a crackdown on people shopping for doctors and putting pressure on GPs.

The controversial state of emergency law was also passed by the lower house of the Victorian Parliament, meaning it is on the verge of becoming a reality.

Daniel Andrews' pandemic legislation passed the lower house of state parliament on Thursday evening with 51 to 26 votes

Daniel Andrews’ pandemic legislation passed the lower house of state parliament on Thursday evening with 51 to 26 votes

Buyers are seen in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne's inner northwest on Monday as the Victorians take advantage of their new freedoms

Buyers are seen in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne’s inner northwest on Monday as the Victorians take advantage of their new freedoms

The bill that would give Prime Minister Daniel Andrews unlimited power to impose lockdowns and restrictions passed 51 to 26 on Thursday night.

Mr Andrews could declare a pandemic for an unlimited period and violators could be jailed for two years and fined up to $ 454,350.

Concerns have been raised by the opposition, cross-MPs and legal groups over some aspects of the bill, including the government’s lack of checks and balances.

There were days of heated debate when MPs hurled curses across the chamber, but the result was ultimately a predicted one.

Daniel Andrews has been called a “dictator” in a hysterical “screaming match” in the Victorian Parliament over new pandemic management laws.

What are the fines in Daniel Andrews’ new law?

$ 21,909: This fine concerns non-compliance with a pandemic order, for example non-wearing of a mask, non-compliance with a movement limit, participation in an illegal demonstration or rally, refusal to be tested or failure to show proof of identity.

$ 90,870: This fine is for an aggravated offense for offenses that “cause a serious risk to the health of another person”, such as going to work when it is contagious.

$ 109,044: This fine is aimed at companies breaking the rules, which may include failing to ensure customers register or show proof of immunization status.

$ 454,350: This fine relates to an “aggravating” offense committed by a business, such as encouraging customers to break foreclosure rules.

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