Victoria records 1749 new cases NSW 273 new local cases, four deaths

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant is speaking in Sydney.

The state is reporting 273 new local coronavirus cases and four deaths.

Dr Chant says the state’s first dose vaccination rate of 92 per cent is a “great achievement” but wants to get it to 95 per cent.

“Our colleagues in ACT have gone beyond that so I’d send out the challenge to everyone,” Dr Chant says.

She warns vaccination rates in 12- to 15-year-olds are slowing as students begin returning to classrooms.

Dr Chant says cases are increasing in regional areas, including the Hunter-New England region, Lake Macquarie and Wollongong.

Victoria has recorded 1749 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours.

This sits just below the current seven-day average of 1892 for the first time since the latest case peak in this virus wave. In NSW, that is what signalled the peak was passing.

It also administered more than 36,750 vaccinations on Monday, as Melbourne anticipates the end of lockdown on Friday.

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