Victoria’s Covid outbreak rises with 1,763 new cases – the most ever recorded in a single day in Australia – as state remains in lockdown for three weeks
Victoria has recorded by far the most new Covid cases in one day since the start of the pandemic.
The Delta outbreak surged 1,763 infections on Tuesday — 164 more than the worst day of the NSW lockdown on Sept. 10.
Melbourne has been on lockdown for longer than any city on Earth during the entire pandemic and won’t taste freedom until October 26.
Tuesday’s infection rate broke the state’s previous record of 1,476 on Friday and was nearly double the worst day of its deadly second wave last year.
Victoria’s Delta outbreak rose by 1,763 infections on Tuesday – 164 more than the worst day of the NSW lockdown on September 10
Victoria has recorded by far the most new Covid cases in one day since the start of the pandemic
However, today probably won’t be the worst day of the pandemic for Australia in general as NSW is only expected to have cases in the 600s, as it did on Monday.
Victoria has 14,368 active cases, the most it has ever had, with 476 being treated in hospital since Sunday, 98 of whom are in the ICU.
The lockdown will end on October 26 when 70 percent of Victoria has been vaccinated, but fears are that the outbreak will not have peaked by then.
According to some expert forecasts, Covid cases will reach 3,000 a day before the curve finally goes down. Tuesday is the sixth day in a row with four-digit infections.
More than 62,189 Victorians were tested for the virus in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, while 35,253 vaccinations were administered at state-run sites.
The latest figures come as construction workers were allowed to return to the construction sites on Tuesday, following the two-week shutdown in Melbourne and other closed areas.
Crowded St Kilda Beach over the weekend, with lockdown fatigue sweeping across the city, a potential cause of skyrocketing infections
Melbourne has been on lockdown for longer than any city on Earth during the entire pandemic and won’t taste freedom until October 26
All on-site employees must now have at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by November 13.
All operators must formally confirm that their location meets the industry’s new health guidelines before reopening.
The industry-wide vaccine mandate and other restrictions put in place to curb transmission sparked a protest outside the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on September 20, the day the state government announced the sector would lay down instruments.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said tens of thousands of construction workers have since come forward to meet the initial dose requirement, but couldn’t say what part of the industry is now vaccinated.
The lockdown will end on October 26 when 70 percent of Victoria has been vaccinated, but it is feared the outbreak will not have peaked by then
He said the construction industry was ready for Tuesday’s restart after learning a “hard lesson” and reflecting on compliance issues with masks and tearooms.
A Covid Marshal will be posted to every workplace across the state and staffing limits will be maintained, except for outdoor government projects.
Meanwhile, senior Victorian students arrive at schools across the state on Tuesday for the rescheduled General Achievement Test.
About 33 VCE students from Covid-19 hotspots were among Monday’s 1,377 new cases, after 8,000 were tested ahead of the annual test.
They cannot participate in the GAT, a three-hour annual test that does not count towards their ATAR results, but can take their exams at a later date.