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11 Oct, 2021 01:13 AM2 minutes to read
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says that the state is “well on the way to becoming one of the world’s most vaccinated jurisdictions”. Video / Sky News Australia
Victoria has recorded 1612 new locally acquired coronavirus cases and eight more deaths.
The health department confirmed the new figures about 9.30am on Monday after the state recorded its second highest day of new cases the previous day.
The new deaths takes the number of lives lost during the outbreak to 93 and the death toll of the entire pandemic in Victoria to 913.
The deaths included a woman in her 70s and a man in his 60s from Darebin, a man in his 40s from Port Phillip, man in his 80s from Maribyrnong, a man in his 80s from Brimbank, a man in his 70s from the City of Melbourne, a man in his 70s from Glen Eira, and a woman in her 70s from Whittlesea.
At least 677 positive Covid patients are in hospital in Victoria, with 133 of those in intensive care, including 94 cases on a ventilator.
Authorities remain concerned as the virus continues to spread rapidly across metropolitan Melbourne despite tough lockdown measures.
Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said there had been a shift toward the southeast regions of the city in the past 10 days with infections rising to their highest level in Casey on Sunday.
He said half of the cases were from six local government areas – Brimbank, Casey, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham.
“With only 50 per cent of those cases in the six LGA areas, it means there’s a lot of cases across other parts of Melbourne and regional Victoria,” he said.
Lockdown is set to end in Victoria around October 26 when 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
As of Saturday, 86.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 58.1 per cent were fully vaccinated.
Premier Daniel Andrews has committed to ending the lockdown as planned when the state reached 70 per cent fully vaccinated.
There are 19,012 active coronavirus cases in Victoria, with more than 12,000 cases in the last week alone.