Victoria has recorded five new local cases of COVID-1 as the state enters its second day of lockout and authorities are fighting to include an additional contagious type of virus.
In addition to new local cases, two additional infections were recorded in the hotel quarantine.
Friday’s caseload 56 56,62. The number of active infections in the state has risen to 45.
This is the second day in a row of lower case and higher test numbers, with four new local infections appearing on Thursday after 47,4622 tests.
Vaccination rates have also risen to record levels, with 21,6226 doses on Friday, 1, 22 on Thursday. Given in comparison.
Victoria’s giant vaccination centers began giving Pfizer shots to people aged 400 to 49 on Friday.
Technical issues with the booking system have led to delays and long waits in recent days, and some walk-ins have reportedly stayed away from vaccination centers.
Members of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s music therapy team played guitars for those waiting in line at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center Hub on Friday.
The number of exposure sites in the state has increased by 1,150 And now there’s a flu vaccination center in the Melbourne suburb of Preston.
To date, more than 11,000 primary and secondary contacts have reportedly been isolated after being exposed to COVID cases.
Victoria’s head of testing, Jeroen Weimer, said on Saturday that 622 percent of the state’s 1,000,000 primary and close contacts had returned to negative testing.
Most of the COVID-1 cases in the state are related to the city of Melbourne’s Whitley cluster and include confirmed infections of the contagious B117117 strain identified in India.
Victorians are in their fourth lockdown since the onset of the epidemic and may leave home for only five reasons: to buy food and necessities, to provide or receive care, to exercise, to work or study, or to get vaccinated.
At least three people were arrested Saturday during an anti-lockout protest in Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens.
Acting Prime Minister James Merlino has said the federal government is responsible for the state’s latest outbreak, due to sluggish vaccine rollouts and failures in hotel quarantine.
The federal opposition has also commented on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s remarks that vaccinating Australians is not a “race”.
On Saturday, Federal Liberal MP Jason Falinsky spoke in favor of the rollout, saying it should be “deliberate” and “sensitive.”
“There have been less than 1,000 deaths in our COVID-1, and each of those deaths has been tragic,” he told ABC.
“But this is a remarkable result compared to any other country in the world, so we have the luxury of being able to get this vaccine out sensitively and in a phased manner.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt was grilled in a late rollout on Friday, revealing that as of Thursday morning, there were still 74 care homes across the country that had not been vaccinated, about two months after the original date.
He told reporters All elderly care facilities will receive vaccinations by the end of Friday.