Victoria has 11 new, linked COVID cases

Victoria has reported 11 new local COVID-19 cases as the state government pleads for people to continue getting tested so a lockdown can be lifted.

All the new locally acquired cases are linked to Victoria’s current Delta strain outbreaks and were in isolation for their entire infectious period.

Another case was recorded in hotel quarantine, with active infections across the state rising to 190.

More than 25,000 test results were received in the 24 hours to midnight on Monday, while almost 14,000 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites during the same period. 

“Over the past week, we’ve seen the day of our highest-ever testing numbers in Victoria and yesterday, we saw 25,000 plus tests returned,” Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters on Monday.

“That together gives us some further comfort that we know what is out there but we can only be sure if Victorians continue to come forward in such strong numbers.”

There are now 179 cases linked to the community Delta outbreak, with five cases in hospital including two in intensive care – one on a ventilator.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday foreshadowed if the lockdown – the state’s fifth – lifts as planned at 11.59pm on Tuesday, restrictions will remain in place.

The statewide lockdown was called on July 15 due to an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, which originated from cases in NSW. 

Victoria’s lockdown was meant to end after five days, but was extended for a week. 

There are more than 21,000 people self-isolating across the state after being deemed close contacts of positive cases, while there are more than 380 exposure sites.

Mr Andrews expressed his dismay at “selfish” anti-lockdown protesters who gathered in Melbourne on Saturday but said he was reasonably confident it would not become a super-spreader event.

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