Victoria infections surge, 120 cases reported

Victoria’s reopening plan is expected to be very cautious after the state saw daily cases surge to 120 in the latest report.

This is sharply up from the seven-day average, which is tracking at 83 cases.

It comes as the state cabinet is considering health recommendations for what Premier Daniel Andrews said will be a cautious reopening.

This is the highest daily case number since the report on 24 August last year, as the state’s winter second wave began to taper.

The Department of Health said 64 cases were linked.

The surge in cases came as the department confirmed the death of two women in the homes. These were the first COVID-19 related deaths since the end of the second wave in late November.

Health officials have noted that three-quarters of transmission with the delta variant occurs without symptoms, or before people have developed symptoms.

In NSW, contact tracers struggled to contain the virus outbreak with test, trace and isolation tactics after daily cases rose above 100.

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