Tipping point for Victoria as it hits over 200 cases

2021-09-03 04:29:00

Victoria has recorded 208 new locally acquired coronavirus cases, the first time cases have tipped above 200 in more than a year, and another death.

The spike in case numbers reported this morning comes after 3000 people were swabbed as part of day 13 testing in Shepparton yesterday.

The Health Department said “sadly, one person with COVID-19 has died” but released no further information. The toll from the current outbreak is now three fatalities.

Only 96 of the 208 cases have been linked to known outbreaks, leaving 112 potential mystery cases, after 48,572 people were tested for the virus.

One new case was reported in hotel quarantine and 33,511 vaccine doses were administered at State-run hubs.

Today is the first day for playgrounds to be reopened in the State for children aged 12 and under, with rules including QR code check-ins and mask-wearing for the one person allowed to supervise play sessions.

The State’s exposure sites have risen to more than 1000, including a fertility clinic located in the same building as the Victorian Parliament’s press gallery.

Health Minister Martin Foley said Burnet Institute research suggested Victoria’s current lockdown had avoided a further 6000 cases in the past month but now was the time to pivot.

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