Coronavirus Australia: Vic records 1571 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

AAP and staff writersThe West Australian
Healthcare worker Brandon Nguyen is seen working at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Melbourne.
Camera IconHealthcare worker Brandon Nguyen is seen working at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

Victoria has recorded it’s deadliest day of its COVID-19 third wave, with 13 deaths reported on Wednesday.

The state recorded 1571 fresh locally acquired COVD-19 infections and one from overseas, from 79,200 tests on Tuesday.

The health department on Wednesday confirmed there are now 19,861 active infections across the state.

It takes the toll from the current outbreak to 114.

More than 38,072 Victorians received a COVID vaccine on Tuesday.

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne is dealing with a COVID-19 scare in its newborn intensive care unit.

Hospital chief executive Bernadette McDonald told reporters on Wednesday said a parent visited the unit on Thursday and Friday last week and returned a positive result on Monday, notifying the hospital that evening.

There were 29 babies in the unit at the time and no transmission to the babies has yet been found.

The hospital will now be introducing rapid antigen testing for visitors, based off a trial happening at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“They will need to do that testing when they enter the hospital, before they get into clinical wards they will need to have a negative test,” Ms McDonald said.

“It is a very challenging circumstances to find the balance between allowing mums and dads to come and see their children and spend time with their children ... and trying to manage to keep everyone - families, staff, patients - safe from COVID-19 and the rising numbers of COVID positive people in the community.”

The hospital’s cancer ward was exposed to the virus at the beginning of this month, after a patient’s parent tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting over at least four days.

Elective surgeries will be paused from Thursday as the state prepares for an influx of coronavirus patients in coming weeks.

Victoria is also seeking to recruit up to 1000 healthcare workers from outside Australia to help the system cope as virus patients grow.

The number of Victorians in hospital with COVID-19 continues to rise. Some 675 people are currently in care, with 144 in intensive care units and 100 on ventilators.

As of Tuesday, almost 60 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 were full vaccinated, while 86.7 per cent have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

NSW LOCAL CASES RISE DAYS AFTER LOCKDOWN FREEDOM

Another 444 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in NSW as the state enters its third day of new freedoms.

There were also four deaths recorded.

The figure is slightly higher than Tuesday’s 360 daily cases but the number of infections has steadily declined as the vaccine rate surges.

It is possible that NSW could achieve the 80 per cent double dose milestone before the weekend meaning more freedoms will be made available from Monday.

More than 90 per cent of eligible residents have also had their first dose of the vaccine.

Further details will be provided later in the morning.

ACT RECORDS 51 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS

Canberra has recorded one of its highest ever days of new COVID-19 cases, with 51 infections reported on Wednesday, just days before the ACT comes out of lockdown.

Of the 51 new cases, 32 were linked to known infections, with 19 of those being confirmed as household contacts.

There were 13 cases that were in quarantine for all of their infectious period, while 22 were assessed as being a transmission risk to others.

Health authorities say there are now 16 people in hospital with COVID-19 in the ACT.

Of those, eight are in intensive care and five are on ventilators.

The ACT’s vaccination rate has also increased to 98.5 per cent of over-12s having received their first dose, while 73.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Despite the high number of cases, the ACT’s lockdown is set to end as scheduled on Friday.

On Tuesday, Mr Barr said Canberra was on track to become one of the most vaccinated cities in the world, with a 99 per cent double-dose rate expected to be reached by the end of November.

Friday will bring eased restrictions, including allowing gatherings of up to five people in one household, or 25 outdoors.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms and hairdressers will also be able to reopen, subject to density limits.

Most retail will have to wait until October 29 to reopen, but some non-essential stores that take appointments - such as for trying on clothes or test-driving a car - will be able to reopen for a maximum of two people per household.

STATE-BY-STATE CASE BREAKDOWN

NSW - 444 new local cases, four deaths

VIC - 1571 new local cases, 13 deaths

QLD - TBA

ACT - 51 new local cases

WA - TBA

SA - TBA

TAS - TBA

NT - TBA

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