Victoria records four deaths of COVID and 1,275 new infections

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Victoria records four deaths of COVID and 1,275 new infections

There are 317 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 56 in intensive care and 25 of those receiving ventilation.

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Most restrictions across Victoria lifted on Friday ahead of the 90 per cent vaccination target being met, with the state enjoying its most significant freedoms since early 2020.

It is expected the state will today hit a target of having 90 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and above protected with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • There have now been 457 coronavirus deaths recorded in this current outbreak, including a 10-year-old child whose death was reported yesterday.

  • The health department said a further 56 people were in intensive care but their infections were no longer considered active.

With no caps on gatherings, masks removed in most venues and capacity limits removed for fully vaccinated Victorians, case numbers are expected to rise before a peak at the end of the year.

But with such high vaccination coverage, the focus is now on keeping people out of hospital once they contract the virus.

The number of active cases across the state now sits and 9,658. It comes after thousands of people took to Melbourne’s streets to protest against the government’s proposed Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021.

Police confirmed last night one person was arrested, with a spokesperson saying the protest was peaceful despite the “significant numbers” in attendance. The state government faces an uphill battle in negotiating to pass the bill through the Upper House, with at least one more crossbench vote needed to get the legislation through.

Proponents of the controversial legislation argue it is needed to manage the pandemic and provides more transparency and accountability than the State of Emergency currently in place. Detractors argue it is an overreach of government power and requires more scrutiny.

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