Victoria Records 705 New COVID-19 Cases As Geelong, Surf Coast Exit Lockdown



Victoria has recorded 705 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one more death.

This brings the total death toll from the current outbreak to 25.

The cases were detected from 51,252 test results processed on Sunday.

At state-run sites, 29,657 doses of vaccine were administered.

The city of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire exited the lockout at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, with only the metropolitan areas of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire remaining in lockdown.

The Emergency Department at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has been identified as a Level 1 exhibition site, along with retail outlets in Wodonga and Traralgon.

Victoria is expected to meet her goal of having 80% of the population aged 16 and over vaccinated with at least one dose this week.

This weekend, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that a slight easing of restrictions will occur in metropolitan Melbourne and the Victoria region from Wednesday.

The travel radius will be extended from 10 to 15 kilometers, while non-contact recreational activities such as golf, tennis and boating will be allowed to resume.

The next step on Victoria’s roadmap after this is the phased return of on-site learning to schools in Melbourne and the Victoria region starting October 5.

Vaccine economy trials in the Victoria area

Parts of the Victoria area will soon be hosting “vaccine economy” trials, where only double-dose clients are allowed into certain venues.

Trials are expected to start from October 11.

Bendigo Heritage Attractions CEO James Reade told ABC Radio Melbourne that the biggest concern of regional business owners was the role staff would have to play in enforcing the rules.

“I think this is going to be really essential… making sure that our frontline staff, who effectively become the immunization police, clearly understand what their role is and what we can and cannot do,” M said. .Reade.

“Applying for a driver’s license is one thing, asking for someone’s medical history is another.”

Mr Reade said vaccines had yet to be mandated in the tourism sector, which he hoped was in the works.

“I hope the state government will impose this in our industries as well so that employers have a clearer idea of ​​their role,” he said.

Melbourne was excluded from the trials, but city mayor Sally Capp said demand was incredibly high for vaccine economy trials.

“I have been inundated with people who want to be involved in the trial,” Ms. Capp said.

She admitted that low levels of authorized staff meant that enforcing immunization requirements would rest on the integrity of clients.

“There’s going to have to be an element of trust and goodwill in the community.”

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