Victoria has recorded 847 new cases of Covid-19 and one death, with the next round of restrictions due to be relaxed a week later than expected after the state missed its vaccination deadline.
Health Minister Martin Foley has admitted that the state is unlikely to achieve 80 percent first-dose coverage of the eligible population by Sunday, as originally planned, with the figure currently standing at 76 , 3 percent.
“We would expect that, certainly by the middle to the end of next week, we would get there,” Foley told reporters on Friday.
“These projections bounce back on the basis of all kinds of metrics. Let’s redouble our efforts this weekend.
There have been 37,220 vaccines administered and 59,342 Covid-19 tests performed in the past 24 hours.
Victoria has registered 847 new cases of Covid-19, with the next round of restrictions to be relaxed a week later than expected after the state missed its vaccination deadline
Anti-lockdown protesters disrupted stay-at-home orders in Melbourne after staging a series of rallies throughout the week
Once this step is completed, the Melburnians will be granted additional freedoms, including the resumption of golf, tennis and cricket for up to five fully vaccinated adults and the extension of the city’s travel limit from 10 km to 15 km.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the original roadmap target was ‘ambitious’ and he would consider an overnight ‘countdown’ to future double dose targets. 70 and 80% based on updated data.
“We need to balance the way people hold onto these specific dates when they’re clearly on the move,” he said.
It comes as a significant number of police and riot squad members dispersed as many as 80 protesters in Northcote on Friday afternoon, making 31 arrests.
Families and children enjoying the AFL Grand Finals holiday watched a scuffle unfold outside Northcote Plaza and angry protesters were taken by police to nearby All Nations Park.
Others in the park were arrested and asked for identification and reasons for leaving, as helicopters flew overhead and nearby streets were blocked by police cars.
More than 200 people have been arrested in Melbourne as part of the fifth day of the recurring protests, and police expect to issue 215 fines for failing to follow health instructions.
Victoria on Friday recorded 733 new cases of COVID-19, including a man who was at Wednesday’s protest in Melbourne’s CBD centered on the Shrine of Remembrance.
Victoria registered 847 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday – up from 733 announced on Friday
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the original roadmap target was ‘ambitious’ and he would consider an overnight ‘countdown’ to future double dose targets. 70 and 80% based on updated data
Victoria registered 733 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including a man who was at Wednesday’s protest in Melbourne’s CBD centered on the Shrine of Remembrance
He is being treated in hospital and public health investigations are underway.
Some Victoria Police officers have been identified as close human contacts and will need to self-isolate.
Professor Sutton said it would take a few weeks to find out if the protest was a very widespread event.
The protests initially began on Monday in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the construction industry and the closure of tearooms on construction sites, but have turned into a broader anti-containment and anti-vaccine movement .
“They think this will all be solved by taking a horse dewormer tablet, ivermectin, which allows you to run and put some people in the hospital,” said Professor Sutton.
“Let’s not pretend they’re rational individuals – they’re absolutely nuts. “
A nearly empty Flinders Street station with police officers patrolling the normally busy intersection
Professor Sutton said it would take a few weeks to find out if the protest was a high profile event (pictured Victorian police are detaining a man as part of their operations in response to the ongoing anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne)
Meanwhile, Foley announced the state will receive 32,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed to state-run, federal clinics next week.
“Given some of the issues with Pfizer’s supply, particularly in the second half of October, we will be pivoting more of our pop-up sites to Moderna in the coming weeks,” he said. declared.
Mr Foley said much of the vaccine will go to the Palm Plaza pop-up clinic in Dandenong, where a COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop.
Some 300,000 doses will also be distributed to 700 pharmacies across the state, with a focus on north and west Melbourne, affected by COVID.
A woman in her 60s from Moreland in the north of the city became Victoria’s latest coronavirus death on Friday, bringing the toll from the current outbreak to 21.
Vaccination center set up at Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne as state falls behind schedule for 80% of residents to receive their first vaccine by Sunday