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Victoria has recorded 26 new local COVID-19 instances, its highest daily total this year


Victoria has recorded 26 new instances of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the variety of energetic instances within the present outbreak to 146.

It is the highest daily total of the most recent outbreak up to now and comes from greater than 43,000 assessments over the previous 24 hours.


Two new instances of COVID-19 have been additionally reported in resort quarantine.

Within three days Victoria has gone from solely six per cent of new coronavirus instances isolating whereas infectious to 92 per cent.

Health Minister Martin Foley revealed the figures throughout Thursday’s COVID-19 replace, praising Victorians for following the foundations of the state’s fifth lockdown.

“We are doing what we can to limit the movement of people and with the help of all Victorians during this lockdown, and the fact that we have had the Victorian population so supportive of those restrictions of movements, we remain confident that we can still get ahead of this,” he informed reporters.

Of the 2 instances infectious locally, one related to Trinity Grammar had solely a petroleum station in regional Victoria as their solely publicity web site as they made their method again from East Gippsland to Melbourne to isolate.

The second is related to the AAMI Park cluster and visited Prahran Market and Market Lane Coffee final Saturday whereas infectious earlier than isolating.

Those two areas at the moment are tier one publicity websites and about 900 folks had checked into the venues. Anyone who visited the venues similtaneously the case should now get examined and isolate for 14 days.

Authorities praised the case who visited the service station for being as cautious as potential after they have been notified they have been an in depth contact.

“They immediately travelled back home from regional Victoria into isolation, as required, and they only made that one stop for petrol, had limited contact with staff and even disinfected the credit card that they were using before handing it over,” Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie informed reporters.

“These are the types of COVID-safe behaviours that limit the spread of the virus and that keep all of us safe,” he mentioned.

Thursday’s numbers are the state’s highest daily total of the present outbreak and follows the 22 instances reported on Wednesday.

Four group instances and one worldwide resort quarantine case are in hospital.

Some 19,000 main shut contacts are self-isolating throughout the state, whereas the variety of publicity websites has grown to greater than 380.

Some 43,674 assessments have been processed within the 24 hours to Thursday morning, whereas 14,230 Victorians acquired a vaccine dose at one of many state-run hubs.

For a full record of publicity websites, click on right here.

More help for companies

The state authorities introduced an extra $282.5 million in grants on Wednesday to assist 90,000 companies hit arduous by the prolonged lockdown.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grants shall be elevated from $3,000 to $7,200, whereas the state’s Business Costs Assistance (*26*) will increase from $2,000 to $4,800.

Businesses and sole merchants that acquired help throughout the fourth lockdown final month will routinely obtain the funds to their chosen checking account.

Those who did apply final month, or who had been ineligible or has since change into eligible, will be capable to apply for a grant on-line.

Businesses in Victoria’s alpine area, the general public occasions business and group sporting golf equipment are additionally eligible for extra grants.

The federal and state governments are collectively funding revenue help for Victorians who’ve misplaced work or revenue as a result of lockdown, the state’s fifth.

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