Coronavirus crisis: Victoria cases hit record high as NSW reports 11 deaths

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Victoria has recorded another surge in virus cases.
Camera IconVictoria has recorded another surge in virus cases. Credit: NCA/NCA

Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus.

The State now has 7611 active coronavirus cases.

Eleven people aged between their 40s and 90s have died in NSW overnight, with 1007 new infections recorded overnight.

A child linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster has tested positive for COVID-19 on the final day of home quarantine.

Thousands of people are isolating at home in Queensland, including more than 2000 dubbed close contacts of COVID-19 cases, new figures reveal.

The ACT has added an additional 32 locally acquired COVID-19 infections to its caseload. The number equals the largest daily increase since its latest outbreak began.

At least two dozen of the cases were infectious while circulating in the community while seven were in quarantine. Twenty-six of the infections have been linked to previous cases.

Meanwhile, no new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded overnight.

The good news comes after a second COVID scare in three days was reported yesterday.

The State’s latest close shave involved a WA woman permitted to board a flight west from Sydney on Tuesday despite failing to obtain a G2G pass.

The woman was intercepted at the airport by police, swabbed for COVID-19 and escorted directly to hotel quarantine.

Vics record 847 virus cases, one death

Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus.

The State now has 7611 active coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile Melburnians will have to wait a little longer to hit the golf course or tennis court, with Victoria set to miss its first COVID-19 roadmap target this weekend.

The State is 3.7 per cent shy of reaching 80 per cent first dose vaccination coverage for those aged over 16.

With vaccination rates typically lower over the weekend, Health Minister Martin Foley concedes the State is likely to hit 80 per cent first dose mark mid to late next week instead of Sunday as initially forecast.

The delay will delay Melburnians enjoying additional freedoms, including a resumption of contactless sport for up to five fully vaccinated adults and expansion of the city’s travel limit from 10km to 15km.

It comes as police and riot squad members descended on Northcote on Friday afternoon, dispersing a crowd of up to 80 protesters and making 31 arrests.

A scuffle took place outside Northcote Plaza and several of those involved were led away by police at nearby All Nations Park.

Others were stopped and questioned about their reasons for leaving home as helicopters flew overhead.

The COVID-positive protester was at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday.
Camera IconThe COVID-positive protester was at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday. Credit: NCA/NCA

More than 200 protesters were arrested across Melbourne as part of the fifth day of the recurring protests, with police expecting to issue 215 fines for health direction breaches.

Victoria recorded 733 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including a man who attended Wednesday’s protest in Melbourne’s CBD that centred on the Shrine of Remembrance.

Health chief Brett Sutton says it will take a couple of weeks to learn whether the protest was a super-spreading event.

The protests began on Monday in opposition to mandatory vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms but have morphed into a wider anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine movement.

NSW records 1007 new COVID-19 cases

NSW has reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, including three people who died at home before they were diagnosed with the virus.

More than half of the cases diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday were in the hotspot areas of western and southwest Sydney.

Authorities are also concerned by rising case numbers in the Illawarra, south of Sydney, where 70 new cases were reported.

Ten men and one woman succumbed to the virus, with nine of those who died unvaccinated and two having received one jab.

Three died at home - a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, and a woman in her 80s.

Their deaths take the toll from the current outbreak to 288.

“(It’s) sad that we’ve seen a number of people that have died with COVID and died at home and been diagnosed after they’ve died,” said NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty as he delivered a video briefing on Saturday morning.

“If you have the mildest of symptoms come forward for testing for COVID, and if your condition deteriorates call your doctor sooner rather than later, get medical help, and in an emergency call triple-zero.”

NSW Police officers patrol Bondi Beach on Saturday.
Camera IconNSW Police officers patrol Bondi Beach on Saturday. Credit: NCA/NCA

A Blue Mountains man in his 70s, who was a resident of the Uniting Springwood residential aged care facility, died after picking up the virus at the nursing home. He was not vaccinated.

The other deaths were two people in their 60s, two in their 70s, two in their 80s and one in their 90s.

Hospital and ICU numbers remain steady as the state approaches October, when hospitalisations are expected to peak.

There are 1187 COVID-19 patients in hospital in NSW, with 229 in intensive care and 118 on ventilators.

The state is just weeks away from reaching 70 per cent full vaccination of its eligible population, triggering the return of some freedoms for the vaccinated.

Currently, 84 per cent of NSW residents have had at least one vaccine dose, and more than 57 per cent are fully vaccinated.

But the government is yet to reveal what residents can expect when NSW hits the next target of 80 per cent.

Thousands isolating at home in Qld

A child linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster has tested positive for COVID-19 on the final day of home quarantine.

The case has reset the quarantine clock for that family, meaning they will now have to spend another fortnight isolating at home.

It was the only new case of the virus reported in Queensland on Saturday, and poses no risk to the broader community.

Thousands of people are isolating at home in Queensland, including more than 2000 dubbed close contacts of COVID-19 cases, new figures reveal.

Some 3607 people are in home quarantine in the Sunshine State, according to data obtained by AAP.

Despite low COVID-19 case numbers, 2199 of those people have been sent into quarantine because they were close contacts of locally-acquired cases.

Interstate arrivals from hotspots, which include NSW, Victoria and the ACT, are generally supposed to quarantine for 14 days in government-managed accommodation at their own expense.

But on Friday, 421 people were isolating at home instead of a hotel after arriving from a hotspot.

A nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Camera IconA nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Anyone who wants to enter Queensland from a hotspot, isolate at home instead of in a hotel or cross the border by road instead of by air must apply for a permit.

Some 4277 exemption requests have been made this month, including 3262 for those wishing to enter from a hotspot.

About one quarter of those coming from interstate - 823 - were granted some form of approval.

Police say they’ve turned around more than 200 domestic passengers who have flown into Queensland without correct paperwork since September 1.

Some 2613 have been sent to hotel quarantine after arriving from interstate between August 31 and September 23.

ACT records 32 new COVID-19 cases

The ACT has added an additional 32 locally acquired COVID-19 infections to its caseload. The number equals the largest daily increase since its latest outbreak began.

At least two dozen of the cases were infectious while circulating in the community while seven were in quarantine. Twenty-six of the infections have been linked to previous cases.

The Territory now has 233 active cases with 492 patients having recovered. Ten remain in Canberra hospitals, four of them in intensive care and three requiring ventilation.

Almost 85 per cent of ACT residents have received a first vaccine dose and 58 per cent have been administered with two shots.

Meanwhile, nine patient cases have emerged at a Canberra aged care home after two fully vaccinated workers tested positive.

“What we know is that of the staff at the Calvary Haydon Retirement Community, 100 per cent have received their first dose and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated,” Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said.

“In this way, we are very assured that the progress of this outbreak will be very different to what we saw last year when we were all very nervous about aged care facilities.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said on Saturday that as regional NSW health services began feeling the burden of caseloads, some COVID patients were being sent to ACT hospitals for treatment, a trend he expected to continue.

COVID CASE NUMBERS

NSW: 1007 new cases, 11 deaths

VIC: 847 new cases, 1 death

ACT: 32 new cases

QLD: 1 new case

WA: 0 new cases

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